Dénouement is literally, ‘untying’ (as of a knot) in French; a plot-related term used in three ways: (1) as a synonym for falling action, (2) as a synonym for conclusion or resolution, and (3) as the label for a phase following the conclusion in which any loose ends are tied up [the ending resonance].” (Norton)
[The Modernists secured a reader inspired dénouement, whereas, prior to this, authors would still, sometimes, write the dénouement as part of the narrative ending. Literary narratives will more often leave the dénouement to the reader, allowing for a more intellectually and emotionally imaginative experience following the close of a narrative.]
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