What is the climax in the book The White Stag by Kate Seredy?

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The climax of any story represents a turning point in the development of the plot. The White Stag by Kate Seredy is a mythical representation of the possibilities for the establishment of a national identity, in this instance, for the people of Hungary. Finding their way across the Carpathian mountains seems like an impossible task but is the ultimate goal for the descendants of Nimrod. Nimrod has waited for his own sons to return from following the "miraculous" white stag which had appeared one day and was seen only by Nimrod and his sons. Nimrod foresees that it will be the son of his own son's sons, a man with "mighty voice and wings red as blood," who will find "the promised land" beyond the "hostile mountains."

The people constantly move and wage war and life becomes very difficult. Bendeguz begins to doubt whether Attila, " the most dreadful weapon ever known to men" will ever benefit from what is his destiny and whether he will enjoy the lush pastures promised to him. He does, however, keep his "faith" and urges Attila to do the same. Ultimately, Attila, "the fearless,", and Bendeguz realize their dreams and find real purpose in their quest.  It has taken several generations and, just as they are beginning to doubt if they will ever find a way across the mountains, the white stag appears and the path before them clears as they follow the stag, into an "enchanted land."

This is the climax as now the conflict in the story has been resolved - they have reached "the promised land" and Attila is " King of the Promised Land, Attila the Conquerer."

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