Small Great Things Plot Summary

Small Great Things Plot Summary

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  • Conflicts
  • I'm sorry, but you are going to have to step down
  • Rising   action 1
  • Rising action 2
  • The conflict in the book started from the beginning. Ruth, an African American nurse who delivers babies, is removed from caring for the child of a white supremacist couple after they request that she should be not allowed to touch the child. The child is left under Ruth's watch because all other nurses are busy, the child goes into cardiac arrest and dies. The heart broken parents accuse Ruth of killing their child and takes the case  to court.
  • Climax
  • I touched the baby before anyone was in the room
  • Ruth gets arrested at three in the morning for "murdering" Davis Bauer, the child of white supremacists. The police handle her aggressively and take her to a prison an hour away from where she lives. She is put in a cell with a woman named Liza Lott with whom she acquaints herself with.  
  • Falling Actions
  • After getting out of jail, Ruth   is unable to afford a lawyer for her case so Kennedy McGuire  is assigned to her. Ruth tells Kennedy that the subject of race should be brought up during the trial because of it's impacts on the incident. Kennedy, however, believes that   bringing  up race in court would ruin their case.
  • Resolution
  • You'll feel better in no time.
  • In the last day of the trial, Ruth exposes what actually happened in the hospital room the day little Davis Bauer died. After realizing that the baby boy was not breathing she did what every good nurse would, she touched him to check on him. 
  • After deep consideration  of what Ruth revealed, the jury was unable to come up with a verdict. The judge reviewed her case and came upon the decision that race was part of the reason why the case was such a big deal and that Ruth was truly  innocent. 
  • *fewf*
  • In the epilogue that take place six years later, Turk's wife Britt had committed suicide and Turk realized that there is more to life than the types of people in the world. He changes is outlook on life completely by getting remarried to someone new, someone better. His daughter Carys gets sick and he has to take her to see the doctor. It just so happens that Ruth is that doctor,  who now works at a new clinic. Ruth seems to have forgiven Turk for his past, and they both live happily ever after.
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