What is the climax of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The climax of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian occurs when Junior's sister Mary dies.  Junior has already lost his grandmother and his uncle Eugene, so the death of his sister makes him feel like all is lost.  During this chapter, Junior also loses Rowdy as a best friend.  In order to deal with the loss of Mary, people around Junior get drunk.  He hates it, so he leaves the reservation and goes to school.  He finds that the people there care for him and are concerned about his well-being.  They ask him how he is doing and Penelope cries for his loss.  At this moment, Junior feels like "every planet in [his] solar system has exploded." 

After this point, Junior reconciles with living on the reservation and seeing the beauty there.  He also regains a sense of pride in who he is.  In the end, he and Rowdy become friends again.  This is the falling action and resolution of the novel.

smac-eire | Student

The culmination of tension, the end point of tension where the tension and mood is at its highest level.

when the plot reaches its most dramatic point

(Climates second cousin, no thats a joke)

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