Literary Terminology

What is the outcome of a story?

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04/22/2015

The outcome of a story is the "denouement". Denouement is a French word derived from denouer which means "untie". The French origin is from the Latin word nodus meaning "a knot". Given that a story, as well as having an author, has * a title, and sub titles * a theme, and threads * a setting, and supporting settings * a main character, and supporting characters * a plot, and sub-plots * a climax, and anti-climaxes * and a conclusion, then the denouement is the conclusion in which all the components that were seemingly tied together in a knot, ranging from the simple to the complex, unravel to reveal the truth of their existence.