Literary expression referring to an increasing tempo of events in a narrative or story line. The increasing action in the narrative adds excitement, and is often used as a form of dramatic technique to raise the suspense. This is a common literary device, but it's also an important part of some of the greatest books and movies ever written. The technique of drawing together story elements into a climactic finale is the hallmark of good storytelling.
Examples of Rising Action:
|Jack London: White Fang and the camp dogs|
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet death scene
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield and the confrontation with Uriah Heep
Freytag's pyramid, which illustrates dramatic structure. The rising action is on the ascending left side of the pyramid.