Rising Action - The rising action of the story beings with Morrison finding out what the treatment is, because that's when the tension really begins. Since he doesn't want to hurt his family, he refrains from smoking. He does start making real progress until he gets into a traffic jam in a car with half a pack of cigarettes.
Climax - I think the climax of this story is him giving in and smoking while he's in the traffic jam. This, to me, is the climax because it's what everything was really leading up to, you were almost expecting it to happen and when it happened, the author dragged it out even though it only happened in a couple minutes maximum.
Falling Action - During the falling action, Morrison's wife gets shocked and he is forced to watch. His wife forgives him though, and he's learned his lesson and continues on with his life without smoking. After a little while, Morrison gets a call from Donatti. Donatti tells Morrison about diet pills that he needs to take, and if he doesn't, Donatti threatens to cut off his wife's pinki because he knows this tactic worked the last time.
Resolution - All that really happens in the resolution is Morrison hasn't smoked for a year, so he's basically stopped for good. This is the resolution because everything returns to normal with a couple of changes. Morrison has stopped smoking and him and his wife are doing good, therefore Morrison has reached his goal and the story has resolved.
Morrison is mainly characterized through indirect characterization. He seems like he's a curious person because he asks so many questions to the people throughout in the story. He also seems pretty caring because he stops himself a couple times from smoking for his wife and kid's safety which also makes him strong willed. However, when he gave into his addiction, it shows that he can also be a bit selfish. All in all, through Morrison's conversations and thoughts he seems like an overall nice and independent person, even though he made the mistake of giving into smoking a cigarette. He did, however, learn his lesson after the first punishment, so he is a pretty smart man.
Donatti was also characterized very indirectly. Through his actions, reactions and conversations, it is shown that he's a man who is set to get what he wants. He doesn't show very much emotion, but he will get angry if you don't do what he asks you to do. He is extremely strong willed because he is very determined to do his job, considering there is only a 2% that fail with the method he uses. He is also not a very caring person, because he doesn't mind watching other people suffer to get to his goal. To sum up this character, I would say he is a man who does almost anything to get what he wants.
Cindy is Morrison's wife, and she doesn't appear very much in the story, however she is very crucial in almost all decisions that Morrison is making. She is also only really characterized indirectly, but she is characterized as a extremely understanding and caring wife who only wants the best for her husband. She goes through the pain of being shocked after her husband made the selfish choice to smoke, and she came out not mad at him but completely understanding which makes her quite selfless. This also shows that she's very supportive of her husband because she was willing to go through pain to help him quit smoking. She seems like a very kind women who cares deeply about the people around her.
"hugging his son tightly, realizing what Donatti and his colleagues had so cynically realized before him: love is the most pernicious drug of all. Let the romantics debate its existence. Pragmatics accept and use it"(11).
I think the most compelling aspect of the story is the amount of tension the author put in that leads up to the climax. Throughout the whole rising action, you know that something is going to happen, you just don't quite know what it's going to be. The author drops a few hints that make you assume things that end up being wrong and that kept me on my toes and compelled me to keep reading. Throughout the story, I just kept thinking to myself, "what would I do?" because Morrison is caught in so many situations where he could go either way depending on how strong his will power is in the moment. I like to think that I wouldn't smoke the cigarette in the moment that Morrison does, but I also think that maybe I would give in just as he does. I like how much this story made me think and made me try and guess what was going to happen next. The suspension in the story, I think, made it very worth the read and what definitely makes me recommend it to people who like that sort of story.