William Kamkwamba is a young boy living in a small town called Wimbe, in the African country of Malawi. His family owns a small farm that grows maize and tobacco, which is the main source of food. The story takes place in the early 2000's, and the environment is sunny and humid with forests. Malawi is a farming country with many farmers and traders like William's family. There are poor conditions, with diseases like tuberculosis and gonorrhea spreading around. The setting is important, because this helps the reader visualize the story more clearly and concisely, the way the author intended the story to be like.
Rising Action (And Plot Developments)
William is the protagonist the story revolves around. He also has a dog named Khamba who sadly dies later on. William's two best friends are his cousin Geoffrey, and the chief's son, Gilbert. The main antagonist is the famine and poverty. William himself is very respectful and follows Malawian traditions, treating his parents and siblings with respect. Characters are important because they are the main feature in the story, and provide a perspective of the foreign world of the story.
The inciting incident in The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is definitely the famine. The famine leads to poverty, depression, hunger, and the lack of energy only makes it worse. This is definitely a not a personal issue, as almost everyone in the country is facing famine and poverty. This inciting incident is what sparks William's eventual resolve to build the windmill. The inciting conflict is the trigger of the story, propelling the conflict into play which is the reason it is important.
The Inciting Conflict
Where'd the food go?
We need energy... Electric Wind!
One More Bag of Food
The rising action takes up a large portion of the story, with major plot developments such as the most painful stretch of the famine, the death of Khamba, and William not being able to pay the fees to go to school, causing him to resort to getting books from the library. He builds a windmill with his research.
Many people gather to watch William finally test his windmill. Most think he is crazy, and William is nervous. He is well aware that most people don't believe this will work, and the scene is very tense because of how the story has been building up to this. Of course, the windmill ends up working, causing a great stir among everyone. This of course attracts the attention of journalists and people from the city, leading to to the resolution. The climax is extremely important because it is the peak, or apex of the entire story.
During the resolution, many exciting things happen. William is invited to attend a TED Talk with many other young entrepreneurs and engineers like him. He is also accepted into a much better school to provide him with more opportunities. Many people realized how talented William is, and recognize his hard work. The resolution leaves the reader satisfied, and all the loose ends are tied up. William and his family are comfortable and no longer struggling to put food on the table. A good resolution (like this one) is very important because it is the final part that will leave a lasting impression on the reader.