The Master Puppeteer Questions and Answers
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What does Jiro do at the end of the novel The Master Puppeteer?

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At the conclusion of Katherine Paterson’s book The Master Puppeteer, thirteen-year-old Jiro discovers that his close friend Kinshi has had his hand cut off. Previously in the book, Kinshi stopped Jiro’s mother from stealing, resulting in his forced amputation. Jiro is incredibly distraught, both on behalf of his friend and with shame regarding his mother. Jiro brings Kinshi to a hideout in a puppet theater—a place where Jiro apprentices earlier in the book, part of the namesake of the book, and a recurring symbol of home and safety. Kinshi is cared for by his own mother as well as Jiro’s mother. Jiro is forgiven by Okada, a blind man who works at the theater, and Okada takes in Kinshi. Relieved with having his trust restored by Okada, Jiro is also offered a place at the theater (where he and his mother will be housed, fed, and cared for). Jiro accepts, as the theater has been his refuge throughout the book, offering acceptance and friends despite the conflicts in his home.

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