Why does Leslie die in "Bridge to Terabithia"?

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drgingerbear | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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No one can say for sure why Leslie drowns. This is how it happened:

Jesse has big crush on his teacher, Miss. Edmunds. When Jesse goes with Miss Edmunds to the National Gallery of Art, Leslie goes to Terabithia by herself. The creek is overflowing because of the rains and she swings on the rope above the creek to cross it. The rope breaks and she falls into the creek. Although Leslie is a good swimmer, she can’t make it to shore and she drowns.

Her death brings the story to the climax, or the central crisis. Through her death, Jesse has to come understand himself and overcome his fears.

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im sad for her she was the best in the story if i were jess i would of thout to take the death instad of Leslie

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urmomhaha | Student | eNotes Newbie

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What I say, is she died to really touch the reader, to really stand out and feel sad. That's my opinion.

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She dies because she died!!!


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celina6224 | Student, Grade 6 | eNotes Newbie

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This story is actually based on a true story, except the little girl got struck by lightning at the beach, not by the rope breaking and her drowning.

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the real reason she dies is to say life is short so keep your mind wide open to see the truth.people die all the time but if you die and never live there is no dying.and Jesse love her.think beyond the story everybody needs a terabithia.

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  • She dies because she wanted to be with Jess and went to bridge to terabithia when Jess told her not to so she wouldn't be coward.
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Leslie Dies in the book because she drowned in the river. she did this by having the rope break, and she cannot swim.

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