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What is the climax of "The Most Dangerous Game"by Richard Connell? Does "The Most Dangerous Game" even have a falling action?  

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The climax is the part of the plot where the conflict is solved or resolved.  The conflict in "The Most Dangerous Game" is man vs. man. Rainsford is being hunted by Zaroff.  The climax, therefore, must come when one or the other man wins.  Rainsford understands this.  The climax comes when Rainsford meets the General in his bedroom and  Zaroff congratulates him for winning the game.  Rainsford says,

"I am still a beast at bay......Get ready, General Zaroff" (end of story)

They then duel, which is inferred with "On Guard, Rainsford...", a phrase used when sword fighting,  and Rainsford wins.  The falling action is very short.  Actually, it is only one sentence, but it ties up the ending neatly.  Zaroff says that whoever  wins will sleep in an excellent bed and whoever loses will be fed to the dogs.

"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided." (last line of the story)

The conflict has been solved, and the story has ended.


boeing | Student

the climax is a point in which the reader understands the most surprising part of the story. in The most dangerous game, climax is where general Zarrof reveals his passion toward killing human being and also when Zarrof asks Rainsford to join him in an hunting game

gleekforever25 | Student
The climax in MDG is obviously when Rainsford jumps off of the cliff to escape Zarroff. You can tell because this is the point in the story when Rainsford must make a decision that will influence the final outcome (resolution) of the story. Also, my English teacher said so, and he's never wrong.