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The climax is the most intense part of the story—when everything hits the fan, and you're not quite sure yet how it's all going to play out. On Freytag's triangle, a diagram we use to talk about the structure of a plot, the climax is right there at the tippy top. It's the turning point, the point of no return, the moment when everything changes.
A few of our favorite climactic literary moments:
- When Frodo and Sam finally arrive at Mount Doom
- Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech
- When Maya meets Mrs. Flowers, and realizes that books can save her
- That moment Mr. Wonka's glass elevator crashes through the roof of the chocolate factory, and little Charlie knows his life will never be the same
What are your favorites?