Falling Action: The Zionist group gets their way, and a Jewish homeland is built in Palestine. Danny's and Reuven's fathers stop arguing, and the boys can once again reconnect. Still, Reuven is bothered by Reb Saunders' way of parenting his son.
Resolution: Danny's father finally tells Danny the reason why he raised him in silence. He thought that suffering would teach him compassion for others and make him a better tzaddik. However, Danny tells his father that he would rather go to school and continue to study psychology. The book ends with Danny walking away.
Motif: Silence A motif is any recurring pattern or idea in a novel, or movie. Throughout the novel, the author uses silence to convey solemn. Danny is raised in silence, which causes him distress and suffering. During the Zionist versus Anti-Zionist conflict, the silence between Danny and Reuven is oppressive.