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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rising action in a work of literature refers to the details that help to build to a plot's climax.  The rising action refers to a series of events that builds from the conflict.  Usually beginning with an inciting force, an event or character that triggers the conflict, the rising action details the various events and actions that can lead to the full development of a conflict in a story.  The rising action can usually be found in the exposition of a story.  This phase of the narrative will detail the various complications of the protagonist and bring to light their relationship towards the central conflict being presented.  The rising action will lead into a major conflict, in which some critical aspect of the protagonist is revealed and understood.