In the short story "The Father" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson, does Thord's son drown in a climactic moment, or does this happen during the rising action? 

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The rising action in a story is usually the longest section. It begins with an incident or complication and creates tension or suspense as it builds. The climax is the point at which the highest dramatic tension is reached. This is followed by the resolution of a story.

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The rising action in a story is usually the longest section. It begins with an incident or complication and creates tension or suspense as it builds. The climax is the point at which the highest dramatic tension is reached. This is followed by the resolution of a story.

In the short story "The Father" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson, a father named Thord approaches a priest through various spiritual stages of his son's life: baptism, confirmation, and engagement. The rising action of the story begins the first time that Thord visits the priest and carries on through the subsequent visits.

The drowning of Thord's son in the lake is not a continuation of this rising action, but rather the climax of the story. It is the point of highest dramatic tension. During one of Thord's previous visits to the priest, the priest remarks that Thord carries his age very well. However, at the final visit, Thord has become physically old, wasted, and thin, with "bowed form and white hair." This indicates that Thord has been devastated by his son's death, further confirming that this point was the story's climax. Thord's last visit to the priest, during which he gives a financial gift to create a legacy to his son's name, is the story's resolution.

In conclusion, Thord's son does not drown during the rising action of the story but during the story's climactic moment.

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It is sometimes difficult to identify the precise moment of a story's climax. To accurately determine where exactly this moment occurs for Bjornson's story, "The Father," it will be useful to discuss several parts of the story.

The rising action is pinpointed, for example, by Thord's intermittent visits to the priest, first for his son's baptism, then for his confirmation, and finally to arrange his wedding.

This pattern changes only when Thord and his son are described as rowing across the lake for the wedding arrangements. This is the first part of the story in which the reader is shown the action itself without experiencing it from the priest's viewpoint. 

However, does this make it the climax of the story? It is certainly an intense part of the plot. However, no significant change occurs in Thord's life at this point. In this way, the plot is still rising, with Thord going through the actions that are normal and required for a father. 

The climax comes only towards the end of the story, when the priest confirms and Thord realizes that his son has finally given him a blessing.

For this reason, the reader might believe that the drowning, although tragic, is not yet the climax of the book.

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