from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot.
- n. The events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution or clarification takes place.
- n. The outcome of a sequence of events; the end result.
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- n. Alternative spelling of dénouement.
To allege that one romantic comedy stole from another because they both end with weddings would fail on the grounds that such a denouement is a scène à faire for romantic comedies.
The revelation in the mystery's denouement is so shocking and smart that the entire tale is turned upside down.
I concocted a whole list of factual statements about a supposed crime, rather in the way a detective might in the closing stages of a criminal investigation just before the denouement is reached, and decided to let the students solve the mystery.
For instance, when we read a detective novel, we have a different experience of the story before and after the denouement is reached.
I felt the final third could have gone on longer, it never really felt like the protagonist hit their lowest point before the action at the end and the denouement is hurried and confusing.
Some may be surprised at this choice, but I find that the novel captured youthful angst as well as any book I've read, and its explosive denouement is all the more impressive in these post-Columbine days.
Like much of the plot, this denouement is not clear in the film, from which Mr. Kubrick cut most of the expository material.
Its "longish denouement" is "corny and contrived, but we seize on it with relief - as we seize on the Mahleresque romanticism of Gabriel Yared's score."
That sad denouement is another symbol, standing for our defeat in the larger war of ideas.
The denouement is the perfect climax to a tale as refreshing as a month in the country-the country of Botswana.
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