What is the climax of The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and why?I think it's when Rainsford confronts Zaroff in the bedroom but I can't come up with any reasons why. If you could list 3...

What is the climax of The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and why?

I think it's when Rainsford confronts Zaroff in the bedroom but I can't come up with any reasons why. If you could list 3 questions and the climax that'd be really helpful. Thanks!

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To figure out the climax, it often helps to look at the inciting incident... the event that sets the rising action or complication of the story in motion. I believe the inciting incident occurs when Rainsford falls off the boat and is thereby prevented from going on his hunting trip, let alone anywhere else ever again in his life.

The climax is the point at which the circumstances turn and it appears that inciting incident is en route to being resolved or appears unable to be resolved. When Rainsford confronts Zaroff in the bedroom, this is indeed a moment still of suspense under which the tide will turn, so yes it can qualify as a climax.

Many people use Rainsford jumping into the ocean to ultimately get away from Zaroff as a climax... it appears to be over and Zaroff thinks so too. This could work and it ties in nicely to the inciting incident with the repetition of the fall into the water. AND truly the tide turned here. Rainsford now for the first time has the control because he at that exact point outsmarted Zaroff. Zaroff believed Rainsford to be dead.  This moment marked a true climax, HOWEVER, you as an audience member are still building suspense because you don't know what will happen until the bedroom scene.

Either will work if you back it up with enough argument for your teacher!

Good luck

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