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Resolution

 

Disciplines > Storytelling > Plots > The Five-stage Story Structure > Resolution

Description | Example | Discussion | See also

 

Description

After the excitement of the action and climax within story, the final scenes tie off all remaining loose ends and bring the story to a satisfying and final resolution.

Example

The hero marries the princess; the hero gets presented with medals or is otherwise lauded; there is a grand celebratory ceremony; the victors reflect on what was learned; those who helped are rewarded.

Discussion

When we remember a story, the recency effect means that we are particularly affected by the ending. It is thus important to ensure that the story is tidied up such that the resolution of the story gives us a sense of final satisfaction with the whole situation.

In classic stories, comedies end with a dénouement, where the hero is rewarded and villains are punished, while tragedies end in catastrophe, where the hero ends up worse off and villains may, if they are lucky, escape punishment.

See also

Recency Effect, Denouement

 

 

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