climax

climax

“A rhetorical term for a rising order of importance in the ideas expressed…In large compositions—the essay, the short story, the drama, or the novel—the climax is the point of highest interest, whereat the reader makes the greatest emotional response. In dramatic structure climax designates the turning point in the action, the crisis at which the rising action reverses and becomes the falling action” (Source: Harmon & Holman,  99).

Also see: anticlimax.


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