In Cross Creek, what are the rising/falling actions and internal/external conflicts, as well as the resolution, protagonist, antagonist, theme?

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The protagonist of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings novel, Cross Creek, is the author herself. There are no real antagonists, since Rawlings presents her neighbors in Cross Creek (located near Orange Lake in North Central Florida, just south of Gainesville) as friendly, self-reliant people. (One of the real-life characters, Zelma Cason, later sued Rawlings concerning her depiction in the novel, so she could be considered an antagonist.) The rising action would have to concern Marjorie's decision to move to Cross Creek and her adjustments to the extreme rural hardships of the area. One internal conflict is Marjorie's decision to stay alone in such a secluded area. External conflicts include the occasional problems she encounters with neighbor Marsh Turner and her maid, Geechee. Since the novel consists of a series of essays and sketches bound together, the falling action is hard to determine. But the general theme of the novel deals with the people of Cross Creek and their determination to make a life for themselves among the wilds of rural North Florida.

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