What is the falling action of Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"?

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The term falling action refers to events in any story that occur after the climax and lead to the story's resolution. The climax in Toni Cade Bambara's "Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird" intensifies when Granddaddy Cain rescues the two men with the camera from the attacking hawk by killing the hawk with his hammer. All events leading up to the men finally leaving the property count as falling action.

Immediately after Granddaddy Cain kills the hawk, the narrator notes that he says to the men "Good day gentlemen" as if they had overstayed their welcome and he was abruptly dismissing them. Granddaddy Cain then stares at the men with his gigantic open palm extended until one man finally realizes, "He wants you to hand him the camera." As Granddaddy stands clutching the camera while staring at the men, the men ask for their camera back. Then, Granddaddy Cain "lifts off half [the camera] like it was a calabash cut for sharing," exposing the film. As one of the men gathers up the dismantled parts, Granddaddy says, "You standin in the misses' flower bed ... . This is our own place." With that, the resolution occurs when the two men back away from the property and head on back down the meadow, warning each other not to touch the film. All of Granddaddy Cain's actions to destroy the film and drive them off the property serve as falling action.

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