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denouement

, d?nouement
Theatre
a. the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
b. the point at which this occurs
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Besides recognizing the allegorical structure of the serious comedia, it is essential to make a distinction between the tragicomic comedias (Lope's Fuenteovejuna and Peribanez y el Comendador de Ocana; Calderon's La vida es sueno and El Alcalde de Zalamea)--plays where a tragic denoument is suggested but finally avoided--and the tragic comedias proper.
You can be sure that Hammami and his comrades will keep the "defining'' process going until it attains the proper (in their opinion) Marxist-Leninist denoument.
All this experience is drawn on as he tackles Manrico, a part which requires him to show great tenderness, passion and fire, and then at the denoument to face the death of his love, and then his own.
In his critique of Sahlins' theoretical elaboration of the concept of heroic history Mosko argues that instatiation is not really a 'moment' in the same sense that denoument and totalisation are.
The techniques of the financial speculator might well be related to the proleptic structure of L'Argent, but relating the point that investors sometimes use anticipated future profits to finance current transactions to the argument that "le chapitre 'n+1' commande la teneur du chapitre 'n'" (262) does little more than dress up with portentous formulae the banal observation that the denoument of a novel usually dictates what comes before; this was hardly an innovation brought about by new financial techniques.
It is also a brilliant synoptic historical geography of the Second Empire coupled with a close reading of the Empire's pre-history in the work of Balzac, the dreams of Utopia that shaped the sensibilities of both its architects and its adversaries, its denoument in the Commune and its apotheosis in the Basilica Sacre Couer.
But as some three years have passed since the marriage, and the denoument of the plot is at hand, the Princess is made, with some art I think, to lay the whole affair before her husband in her own words, the better to bring him to a "sense of his duty".
The Chretien government has an appalling legacy that only adds to the sorry Mulroney denoument of free trade, constitutional wreckage, public-sector deterioration and supine support for American empire-building.