What is the rising action and or falling action to the short story all summer in a day

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In literature the rising action in a plot occurs when the problem arises. In Ray Bradbury's story "All Summer in a Day," the problem arises when Margot does not react to the other children as they think that she should. She is different because she has come from earth and remembers the sun whereas the other children have been borne on Venus. 

"What’re you looking at ?" said William. Margot said nothing. "Speak when you’re spoken to." He gave her a shove.... She felt them go away. And this was because she would play no games with them.

Margot is different. Margot remembers the sun whereas the others do not. Because she will not engage with the other children they lock her into a closet before the sun comes out. And, when the sunshine floods upon the children, they revel in it, enjoying its warmth, its invigoration. No one thinks of Margot who is locked in the closet. So, it is only after the sun goes away and the incessant rain recommences that anyone thinks of Margot. 

  • The falling action, then, occurs as 

They stood as if someone had driven them, like so many stakes, into the floor. They looked at each other and then looked away. They glanced out at the world that was raining now....Their faces were solemn and pale. They looked at their hands and feet, their faces down. "Margot."

The conclusion occurs as together the children walk down the hall and one of them opens the door. There is no sound on the other side. When the door is opened, Margot steps out.