The Hitchhiker

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  • Exposition
  • Don't go!
  • Bye Mom!
  • Conflict
  • How is he-?
  • Rising Action
  • SWERVE!
  • Ronald Adams is yearning to go to California, but his mom is deathly afraid. She gives him advice for the road, sheds a few tears, and watches him leave off to the Brooklyn Bridge, where everything changes....
  • Climax
  • All throughout the story, Adams is faced with the problem of the hitchhiker seemingly following him. Adams has to do whatever possible to lose him, but he always comes up reappearing. Worst of all, no one even knows who Ronald is talking about when he asks different people around him. He fears he is going mental.
  • Falling Action
  • The rising action kicks off when Ronald Adams has to swerve to avoid hitting what we call the "hitchhiker" at the Brooklyn Bridge. After that event, Adams starts seeing him again and again and again, and the more time passes, the more he sees him. Ronald then starts seeing him again so much, he had to go call a loved one.
  • Resolution
  • Once he arrives at an auto camp in New Mexico he sets out to call his mother. He settles in a payphone, where after a while of phone line transfers, he calls home. Desperate to talk to his mother, he waits. But it wasn't his mom who picked up the phone, it was Mrs. Whitney. She informs him that his mom was in the hospital, and he was supposed to be dead.
  • Mrs. Whitney... WHAT?!
  • After being told this, he realizes that he'd been dead since swerving at the Brooklyn bridge. He is in such shock, and he realizes why that guy was following him. He might have been trying to pick up his soul.
  • What am I to do?
  • So he waits, and ponders if he is mad and the meaning of that nondescript man. He will tell his story to anyone who would listen to him. He expects that hitchhiker to come at any moment, and Adams longs to wait, and see.
  • ...the last night I'll see the stars...
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