“Because I do not sleep well I hear my father rising to go to work. I know that in a few minutes he will come in to look at me sleeping” (MacLaverty 165).
The father and the son clearly have a bad relationship. This fits the exposition because its telling the reader the setting, the son is at home on bed and it mentions both characters, the father and the son.
2) Initiating Incident
“I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me. He tells me nothing” (MacLaverty 165).
The bad communications between the father and his son. This fits the initiating incident because the reader can realize that both characters have poor communication, and that affects their relationship leading to conflicts.
3) Rising Action
“I have not seen my son for two days. then, on the radio, I hear he is dead. they give out his description. I drink milk. I cry. but He comes in for tea” (MacLaverty 167)
The reader can see that the father has paranoia about his son dying, this fits rising action because the reader can realize that the son is doing something wrong, for the father to be worry about him.
4) Rising Action
“My mother is dead but I have another one in her place. He is an old woman. he has been crying. I know he prays for me all the time” (MacLaverty 167).
This quote shows that the son lost his mom. this fits rising action because the character lost his mom and that’s why he found a way to forget about the tragedy by doing drugs, the father’s role now is as a mother and father.
5) Rising Action
“The door swings open and He pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow. seen long enough, black and squat, dull like a garden slug” (MacLaverty 169).
The son is hiding a gun from his dad and he is doing something against the law. this fits rising action because the reader can predict the climax that something bad is going to happen to the son.
“There is a ring at the door. the boy answers it, his shirt-tail out. voices in the hallway. my son with friends talking. what he does not do with me” (MacLaverty 169).
The son is talking with what he thinks are his friends probably about drugs. This fits climax because the son finally shows his father than he is being bad just to him and not to another people.
7) Falling Action
“There is a bang. A dish-cloth drops my hand and I run to the kitchen door. Not believing, I look into the hallway. There is a strange smell” (MacLaverty 169).
This quotes shows that something happened to the boy at the door. This fits falling action because finally the son paid the price of walking in the wrong path, and the father can imagine what happened.
“My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold. The news has come to my door. The house is open to the night. “are you hurt?” blood is spelling from his nose. I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there. At the base of this nostril. My son, let me put my arms around you” (MacLaverty 169).
The father realized his son is dead, someone killed him and the news came to his door. This fits Denouement because is the end of the story and, it shows how the story ends in tragedy.