What is the climactic moment in Yoshiko Uchida's Picture Bride?

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The climactic moment of this story comes in the final chapters when we see the fate of Taro in the internment camp where he is located. Taro is shown to be very depressed as he has had his entire life and purpose taken away from him. Now that he is in an internment camp, it seems that he has so little to live for. However, there seems to be hope when Taro finds an old Indian arrowhead in the sand. This to him seems to symbolise the way that something can be made of destruction, and he begins to talk to Hana about returning to California and starting a new business. Hana, in response to such talk, finds that her own mood improves as a response. However, in spite of the way that they begin to live lives of hope once more, one night, when Taro is out having a walk, a guard suspects Taro of trying to escape and shoots him, killing him instantly.

This is obviously the climactic moment of the novel, and is made all the more tragic because of the way in which Taro is shown to have rediscovered hope before his premature death. After the death of this major character, the falling action focuses on the response of the other characters to Taro's death and how they will live their lives as a result.

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