You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

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What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe?

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At his death, author Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938) left behind voluminous writings and manuscripts in a style that might be called “autobiographical fiction.” You Can’t Go Home Again is an edited version of his writings, published posthumously in 1940. The work is divided into seven books crafted into a single story that can be summed up by his famous quote reflected in the title of his classic:

And he knew now, as he had never known before, the priceless measure of his loss... He saw now that you can't go home again—not ever. There was no road back.

Determining the literary elements of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution that unify the plot in this novel requires an examination of all seven books.

The exposition is a literary device used to supply the reader with essential background information about characters, events, and settings. This information is found in book 1 as protagonist George Webber returns to his childhood home town to attend a funeral:

From his...

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