What is the climax and the falling action of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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The climax of Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," comes when Rainsford escapes by diving from the rocks into the sea and later emerging to surprise General Zaroff in his bedroom. This unexpected twist serves to bring the story full circle, and the reader soon discovers that Rainsford will now hunt (or possibly kill outright) the man who has been using him as the prey.

The falling action comes in the final paragraph, when Rainsford--the apparent victor--decides to spend the night in Zaroff's own bed in what he knows will be a most relaxing sleep.

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