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Story Arc: Climax. Creative Writing Benjamin Way 3-21-14. Definition:. The climax of a story is the most exciting part, where the protagonist confronts the major conflict. Components of the Climax. Suspense / excitement High stakes Confrontation of major conflict

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Story arc climax

Story Arc: Climax

Creative Writing

Benjamin Way

3-21-14


Definition

Definition:

  • The climax of a story is the most exciting part, where the protagonist confronts the major conflict.


Components of the climax

Components of the Climax

  • Suspense / excitement

  • High stakes

  • Confrontation of major conflict

  • Resolution of major conflict


Suspense

Suspense

  • The audience should not already know how the scene is going to turn out.

    • We should still be guessing about what’s going to happen, even if we know it’s one of two outcomes.


High stakes

High Stakes

  • The success or failure of the protagonist should have major repercussions for the protagonist (and others).

  • The audience should know exactly what is at stake for the characters with all possible outcomes.


Confrontation of major conflict

Confrontation of Major Conflict

  • During the climax of the story, the protagonist must come face to face with their main obstacle and attempt to solve/complete/achieve it.


Resolution of main conflict

Resolution of main conflict

  • The protagonist should succeed or fail during the climax of the story.

  • Everything after the conflict is resolved just tells the story about the consequences of that resolution.


Review

Review

  • Climax of a story should:

    • Be suspenseful and exciting

    • Have high stakes for the characters

    • Show the protagonist confronting the main conflict

    • Show the success or failure of the protagonist against the main conflict


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