What’s the Climax in Literature?


Climax is the highest point of tension or drama in a narratives’ plot. Often, climax is also when the main problem of the story is faced and solved by the main character or protagonist. 

Freytag’s Pyramid

Freytag’s analysis is generally called the dramatic arc of a story.


The setting is fixed in a particular place and time, the mood is set, and characters are introduced.

A backstory may be alluded to. Exposition can be conveyed through dialogues, flashbacks, characters’ asides, background details, in-universe media, or the narrator telling a back-story.

Rising Action

The rising action of a story is the section of the plot leading up to the climax, in which the tension grows through successive plot developments.


The climax of a plot is the point at which the central conflict reaches the highest point of intensity. In a more general sense, the climax is any point of great intensity in a literary work.

Falling Action

The part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved.


Conclusion after the climax of a narrative in which the complexities of the plot are unraveled and the conflict is finally resolved.

Examples of the Climax in Literature

These are some example of Climax found in literary works

Jack Terrance is Trying to kill his Family

The Shining

Jack Terrance is chasing his wife and his son through the hotel because he want to kill them

Life of PI

There are a series of important events that lead to Richard Parker leaving and the boy Being found in the Coast of Mexico

The Event that lead to Richard Parker Leaving and the Boy Being Rescued
Animal Farm

The Shining

There is a rebellion against the pigs and the rebellion is crushed, something that lead to the triumph of corruption over righteousness

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Lanyon reveal the details of the true identity of Mr Hyde to Utterson since Jekyll transformed in front of him.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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