What is the climax and resolution of Let the Circle be Unbroken by Mildred Delois Taylor?

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In Let the Circle Be Unbroken, things worsen for the Logans when the county agent says that the cotton are over quota and so some of them will have to be cut down. Stacey and friend named Moe run away from home to get jobs cutting sugar cane to help raise money. Mama Logan is distraught not knowing how to find the boys. Lee Annie is told that she has failed the voter registration test.

Cassie Logan doesn't understand how in the midst of all the trouble the adults can just go on with daily chores and act like nothing is wrong and everything is all right. Mama tells her the painful truth that the needs of life go on no matter what happens. The climax occurs on New Year's Day the Logans receive word that Stacey and Moe have been found. Because of Mr. Jamison's help, Stacey is reunited with his family. The resolution occurs afterward when Cassie remembers Mama's prediction that She and Stacey would be reunited one day.

Climaxes are often associated with emotional action and great events, but, as in Let the Circle Be Unbroken, a climax can be a calm event, a revelation, or a moment of enlightenment. By definition, the climax is the moment at which the fate of the resolution is decided. For example, had they received news on New Year's Day that Stacey had been fatally wounded while cutting cane, the fate of the resolution would be fixed in a very different direction, with the story ending perhaps in a funeral. Since the story is about family, the climax is the moment at which the fate of the unbroken circle of the family is determined: in this case for a happy reunion despite difficult circumstances.