Study Guide for Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns|
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The antagonist of a story is the force that provides an obstacle for
the protagonist. The antagonist does not always have to be a single character
or even a character at all. The town of Cold Sassy, especially Rucker's
family; Will's own struggle to master his immaturity
The climax of a story is the major turning point that determines the
outcome of the plot. It is the point to which the rising action leads.
The climax takes place in a private home where Will, Rucker and Love spend
the night after their car breaks down. In the night, Will hears Rucker
and Love tell their personal stories. He finds out that his grandfather
actually married Love because he loved her and hoped to win her later,
while Love herself had agreed to a platonic relationship because she believed
that a childhood rape by her father had "tainted" her, making
her forever unsuitable to be married to anyone. Nevertheless, it is apparent
that Love really does care for Rucker and only rejects him out of self-defense.
Also known as the resolution or denouement, this is the place in the plot where the action is resolved or clarified. Rucker woos Love in earnest, eventually winning and the two have a few happy months together. However, Rucker's store is robbed one night and he is attacked and injured. Before he can recover from the injuries, pneumonia sets in and Rucker dies. Love is pregnant, and decides to stay on in Cold Sassy where she will inherit a quarter of Rucker's estate and where she knows his child will be accepted by the family regardless of how they feel about her.
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