The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

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In the book The Road to Memphis, what is the climax?

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The climax takes place in Chapter 5, titled "Incident in Strawberry." It is the scene where Moe fights back against the Aames brothers that marks the turning point of the novel. The blacks had always been tolerating the whites' blatant racism, which often involed outright abuse (such as in the case of the Aames brothers) and condescension. The chapter starts off with the Stacey driving off to Strawberry to pay his car loans to Jamison. Things escalate when he leaves, and Statler begins harassing Clarence and then Moe.

It is when Statler claims that he might "get lucky with Cassie herself" that...

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The climax in The Road to Memphis takes place in Chapter 5, titled "Incident in Strawberry". What happens is that Moe hits the Aames brothers and severely injures them due to them harassing Clarence, who was leaving the store after buying medicine for his headache, and then him. They humiliated him by touching his head, violating him as he did not want them to. However, it was when Statler claimed he wanted to get "lucky with Cassie" that made Moe lose his temper and hit the brothers with a crowbar. This chapter is the climax as it marks the turning point of the story as Moe's well-being is in danger and he has to go on a run

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