illustrated close-up of Kenny Watson with fire in the background behind him

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis
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What is the denouement of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham"?

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Remember that the a "denouement" is the falling action of a narrative. Here, all the events previously have culminated in the bombing of the church. The protagonist, Kenny, is forced once again to re-examine painful feelings about the meaning of life. By, the troublemaker, also comes to terms with his actions as the novel reaches its conclusion.

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