What is the rising action of "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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In the plot, or sequence of happenings in a literary work, the exposition, or beginning of the story, is part of the rising action, during which there is often a complication, or problem. This is a point at which the protagonist , or central character, meets some opposition, or...

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In the plot, or sequence of happenings in a literary work, the exposition, or beginning of the story, is part of the rising action, during which there is often a complication, or problem. This is a point at which the protagonist, or central character, meets some opposition, or conflict.

Therefore, in "The Most Dangerous Game," during the exposition Whitney and Rainsford discuss hunting; Whitney feels some sympathy for the prey, contending that they understand fear, "[T]he fear of pain and the fear of death," an observation that foreshadows the experiences of Rainsford to come. Rainsford, however, disagrees and bids his friend goodnight while he remains on deck. When he hears three shots, Rainsford rushes to the rail of the boat, but loses his pipe. As he struggles to catch it, he falls overboard.

In the rising action, Rainsford swims ashore and collapses. The next day he discovered a trail made by hunting boots and follows it where he finally sees the "shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau...set on a high bluff." He introduces himself to the occupants, one of whom has menacing eyes and is dressed in a black uniform. The other man, General Zaroff, is handsome but possesses "an original, almost bizarre quality" about his face.

At dinner, Rainsford converses with the general about hunting; the general informs him,

"I hunt more dangerous game....I live for danger, Mr. Rainsford.....I have done a rare thing. I have invented a new sensation."

Rainsford senses that there is something bizarre about the general. This recognition is the beginning of the complication. For, he and General Zaroff have a strong disagreement about "the ideal quarry." For, Zaroff hunts men, and Rainsford finds this action "cold-blooded murder." Thus begins the opposition of Zaroff as the antagonist and Rainsford as the protagonist. This conflict between Rainsford as the prey and Zaroff as the hunter continues until it reaches the climax of the duel between the two men. Therefore, the rising action of "The Most Dangerous Game" continues through most of the narrative.

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While traveling in the Caribbean, Rainsford falls off the yacht. He swims to the shore. After some sleep, he finds a nearby house. He knocks on the door, and Ivan answers and is ready to shoot him. General Zaroff intervenes. General Zaroff gives Rainsford clean clothes and dinner.

At dinner, Rainsford learns that Zaroff hunts men. The action rises as Rainsford learns that he will be the next man General Zaroff hunts.

Given a three hour start, Rainsford sets out. He doubles back on his trail numerous times. This will definitely confuse Zaroff. The action continues to rise as Zaroff comes upon Rainsford who is hiding in a tree. Zaroff decides to play the game some more. He does not kill Rainsford when he could have. Finally, Rainsford jumps off a cliff to save his own life. 

That evening, Rainsford is hiding behind the curtains in Zaroff's bedroom. Zaroff congratulates Rainsford on winning the game, but Rainsford declares that they are still playing. The reader is spellbound as the rising action comes to a climax. 

The climax occurs. The resolution follows when Rainsford declares that he had not slept in a better bed.   

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