The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

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What is the climax of The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963?

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To my mind, the powerful climax of this great novel occurs in Chapter 15 of the novel, after Kenny has fought with the Wool Pooh twice, firstly in the water at Collier's Landing and secondly in the church that suffered the bombing. On his return to home, Kenny is understandably completely traumatised, far more than Byron and Joetta are, and finds that he needs to be silent and withdraw from everyone to deal with what he has...

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Yes - I agree that is the climax of the novel.  The climax is also the fulfillment of the conflict.  The main conflict is that Kenny's brother By can't behave.  That is why they took the trip in the first place.  The conflict is resolved during the climax when By helps Kenny come out of his depression/shock.  Thus By learns to appreciate his family  By is a very interesting character.  He went through an even stronger emotional change than Kenny, the main character. 

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