I was talking to my Honors English 3 teacher about figures of speech and I asked her what classifies a climax. The way my 8th grade teacher, who actually was a really good literature teacher, taught me was that it was three things rising in degrees of intensity at the peak of the rising action. Or the anti-climax is the exact opposite with three things falling in degrees and at the bottom of the falling action. So my question is what exactly defines a climax of a story? That's what I'm a little confused on. I don't think it needs to be three things but it's just a question that my teacher and I would like answered.