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In The Help, what is the rising action, falling action and climax?

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To understand the rising action, climax, and falling action of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, it helps to first understand what each literary element is.

Rising action happens when complications, difficulties, or twists are revealed in the plot. It often ramps up the suspense as the story heads for a climax.

Climax is when the tension in the story is at its peak. It's the moment a story builds to and is often known as the crisis point.

Falling action is what happens after the climax when the most important issues in a story are resolved. It helps the audience relax after the tense crisis point.

The Help centers on several characters in 1960s Mississippi: Aibileen Clark, a maid; Minnie Jackson, an outspoken maid who is frequently fired; and Skeeter Phelan, a recent college graduate who has returned home and decides to write a book about the inequities in the treatment of white and black servants. 

The rising action in The Help happens at several points. One of the most important issues in the novel...

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