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: A conflict in a literary work is a struggle between opposing forces. The main conflict of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell is revealed when Rainsford discovers the presence of Zaroff on Ship Trap Island. Zaroff wishes Rainsford, whom he knows is a skilled hunter, to be his hunting partner. Once Rainsford discovers that Zaroff hunts humans, however, he quickly refuses to participate in the barbarous act. Zaroff, seriously offended, decides to hunt Rainsford himself. Zaroff says to Rainsford, "You'll find this game worth playing...Your brain against mine.
The climax of a story is its highest point of action, emotion, or intensity. The climax in "The Most Dangerous Game" begins when Rainsford is being chased by Zaroff and his hounds. Upon hearing the hounds close in on him, Rainsford "leaped far out into the sea..." (The Most Dangerous Game") off a cliff knowing it is his only chance at survival. In this moment, it is the climax because we don't know if Rainsford will survive the fall.
The falling action of a story is the events following the climax that decrease in intensity. In "The Most Dangerous Game," the falling action begins after Rainsford jumps off the cliff in hopes of survival. After landing, he swims back to the chateau where Zaroff resides. Rainsford hides in Zaroff's bedroom, and upon walking in, Zaroff is shocked to see Rainsford alive. "