What's the climax point in " Nineteen Fifty-five " By Alice Walker?

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A single climax is difficult to determine in "1955" because so much of the point of this story is implicit rather than explicit. However, I think it would safe to assume that the climax is Traynor's continued pressing of Gracie Mae for the meaning of the song. Despite the commercial success he has turned it into, Traynor is clueless when it comes to the song's central meaning. And although she may not have received much monetary gain from the song, Gracie Mae understands its meaning implicitly. The commentary on the music industry and our society is clear. Despite the financial success, Traynor is the failure and Gracie Mae the more accomplished, self-actualized human being.