Climax | Climax Meaning, Definition, Examples & Illustration


Climax | Climax Meaning, Definition, Examples & Illustration


Climax Meaning, Definition, Examples & Illustration

Climax | Climax Meaning, Definition, Examples & Illustration

The word ‘climax’ is derived from the Greek word ‘Klimax’ which means a ladder. In this figure of speech, a series of ideas are presented in such a way that the sense rises by successive steps to what is more and more important and impressive. Examples-

The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself

Yea, all which it inherits shall dissolve. – Shakespeare (The Tempest)

In this statement, the poet goes on to present his ideas that all things must come to ruin in course of time but he comes to the conclusion in five successive steps as (i) the cloud-capped towers, (ii) the gorgeous palaces, (iii) the solemn temples (iv) the great globe itself, and (v) all which it inherits and thus makes his ideas impressive.

More examples:

  1. As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him, but as he was ambitious, I slew him. –Shakespeare.
  2. There is tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honour for valour and death for ambition. – Shakespeare.
  3. He had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, a hand to execute.
  4. To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield. –Tennyson
  5. I came, I saw, I conquered. –Shakespeare
  6. Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky. –Wordsworth.
  7. Look up at the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a superman!
  8. Let a man acknowledge his obligation to himself, his family, his country and his God.
  9. Since concord was lost, friendship was lost, fidelity was lost, liberty was lost- all was lost. 0 0 0.

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