What is the rising action?

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marizi | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Rising action in literature are the series of events that build up initial tension or suspense towards the climax of the story. It is a very important part of the  story since it captivates readers to be engrossed on the plot and provides a feeling of anticipation as it gears the story towards the "crucial turning point". Usually, this entails obstacles/conflicts that the protagonist must overcome in the climax part.

Its counterpart is "falling action" wherein it comes after the climax and builds up final suspense that gears toward the end or conclusion.