What are some reactions to the end of the story? Explain your reaction and support it with evidence from the story.
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In the image of men and women, black and white, working together to stop the fire, the author displays her most powerful suggestion yet of the possibility of racial harmony and cooperation. Race is symbolically erased by the bandanas and hats the people wear to protect themselves and their faces from the fire. This image suggests that, in a time of crisis, great divisions can be overcome. I thought this was a good ending because it puts all hate and animosity between blacks and whites into perspective.