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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

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What is the climax of the book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne?

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The climax of a story is the point in the story where tensions are highest. It represents a turning point in the story, and it is often the moment when the main conflict is at its peak. Fogg has quite a few conflicts in this story, but one conflict that runs throughout is the chase that is happening between him and Fix. Fix seems to just miss Fogg over and over again, and everything seems to be working out for Fogg. He even manages to get back to England; however, it is then that he is finally arrested. By this point, readers think that Fogg is actually going to make good upon his bet. We are excited to see him win this ridiculous wager, and then Fogg is arrested. All hope seems to be lost. The winning moment that we thought we were going to read about won't happen, and the conflict is over. Fix has won. From here, the story moves into the falling action and conclusion. Fogg is found to be innocent, he is set free, he becomes engaged, he discovers he has an extra day, and he wins the bet.

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The climax of the story occurs at the end of Fogg's journey.  He has waged a bet that he can make it around the entire world in 80 days, and he is so close to making it back to London in time.  Tensions are high in this section because Fogg and his companions have already overcome so many obstacles on their trip.  When they arrive in England, it seems like Fogg has won--he has time to reach his destination in London.  But just when he thinks he's made it, he is arrested upon arrival in London.  This is a misunderstanding, as he is mistaken for a thief.  Eventually the misunderstanding is cleared up, but Fogg is five minutes late to his destination in London.

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