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Why does Leslie die in "Bridge to Terabithia"?

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volleygirl5797 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM via web

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Why does Leslie die in "Bridge to Terabithia"?

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drgingerbear | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 12, 2009 at 3:41 AM (Answer #1)

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No one can say for sure why Leslie drowns. This is how it happened:

Jesse has big crush on his teacher, Miss. Edmunds. When Jesse goes with Miss Edmunds to the National Gallery of Art, Leslie goes to Terabithia by herself. The creek is overflowing because of the rains and she swings on the rope above the creek to cross it. The rope breaks and she falls into the creek. Although Leslie is a good swimmer, she can’t make it to shore and she drowns.

Her death brings the story to the climax, or the central crisis. Through her death, Jesse has to come understand himself and overcome his fears.

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m655rachie | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 6, 2009 at 4:50 AM (Answer #2)

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Leslie Dies in the book because she drowned in the river. she did this by having the rope break, and she cannot swim.

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jocy17 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 16, 2009 at 11:14 AM (Answer #3)

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  • She dies because she wanted to be with Jess and went to bridge to terabithia when Jess told her not to so she wouldn't be coward.
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monkeygirl222 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 28, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Answer #4)

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the real reason she dies is to say life is short so keep your mind wide open to see the truth.people die all the time but if you die and never live there is no dying.and Jesse love her.think beyond the story everybody needs a terabithia.

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calde1995 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 16, 2012 at 3:12 AM (Answer #5)

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She dies because she died!!!

 

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urmomhaha | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM (Answer #6)

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What I say, is she died to really touch the reader, to really stand out and feel sad. That's my opinion.

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