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