“D” is for Denouement — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“Denouement” — long word, isn’t it? I learned it fairly recently.

denouement

/deɪˈnuːmɒ̃/

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noun

  1. the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.

The end of a Hercule Poirot story invariably shows you this scene : A circle of chairs is arranged in a large room. Suspects and other concerned parties in a certain crime are assembled at a particular time. Hercule Poirot takes centre stage, recaps the crime and offers various solutions. Finally “all is revealed”. He explains the solution of the mystery and the steps he took to arrive at his conclusion.

Sherlock Holmes is another character who solves intricate problems and crimes. Although not arranging his audience in a neat circle like Poirot, he explains his solution to Dr. Watson his loyal sidekick. This ending or outcome is what makes the detective story so satisfying for fans.

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