The Cliffhanger In Walk Two Moons By Sharon Creech

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I. Cliffhanger: a cliffhanger in literature is a device, borrowed from early serialized film, in which a writer ends a chapter on a note of suspense, encouraging the reader to continue on to the next chapter. What is the cliffhanger at the end of Chapter Thirty-One?
In the novel Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech the author ends Chapter Thirty-One with a cliffhanger. The protagonist, Sal calls her friend and tells her “Phoebe, we've got to find her.” and Phoebe replies “That's what I've been telling you.” (pg. 132). This is a cliffhanger because the author stops the chapter in the middle of the conversation without the reader finding out what Sal and Phoebe are going to do to find Phoebe’s mother. II. Refrain: How does the refrain change as Sal and her grandparents get to the Badlands? What do you predict will happen?
In the novel Walk Two Moons the author Sharon Creech uses the technique of refrain to develop the mood of the story. This refrain: "the sound of the wind was hurry, hurry, hurry, and at night, even the silent darkness whispered rush, rush, rush" appears for the first time on page four. She repeatedly comes back to the sound of the wind telling her to hurry and rush throughout her journey. The author uses this refrain to set an ominous tone as well as to create a sense of urgency. When Sal “swept on across South Dakota toward the Badlands” the author changes the refrain “the whispers no longer said, hurry, hurry or, rush, rush. They now said, slow down,

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