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Synonyms for peripeteia

a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

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I am alluding to the issue of the authorial usage of peripeteia (or turning point) and narrative closure.
Her peripeteia comes at a point very close to the end of the film, with the final happy resolution following hard on its heels.
2) In Break Free, father and son clearly experience their narrative peripeteia during their final major conversation on a bench by the beach, where they have an archetypal open-hearted exchange about the immutable invariants of coming of age vs.
In such circumstances, the resolution is brought about by a narrative act that is both peripeteia and outcome at the same time.
Such mutual correlations were demonstrated by the project which meaningfully enriched Vilnius as the capital of culture, with a symptomatic title "City in cinema, cinema in city", in the frame of which in various public spaces of the city there took place free film reviews representing the peripeteias of foreign cities and their inhabitants.
Quayle notes many similarities between the two stories as regards their setting, main plot, and peripeteias (including the club fight between rival parties of cannibals).
In book I of the Rhetoric, Aristotle specifies such sudden and unforeseeable reversals of fortune as a source of wonder, since they both surprise us and impel us to search for an explanation or answer: "And peripeteias and narrow escapes from dangers [are pleasurable]; for all of these cause admiration.
The narrator Jaak Sirkel, one of Kross's doubles, alternately transmits what he himself remembers of his schoolmate Ullo, in the 1930s and later, and what the latter tells him in 1986-the second year of Gorbachev's perestro|ka-about the crucial peripeteias of his past life during the war, under the German and Russian occupations and in postwar Soviet Estonia.
Like a modern detective novel, there is, to echo Dennis Porter in his study of Chandler's The Big Sleep, a postponement of closure through "devices of retardation," such as "stunning peripeteias and the proliferating episodes themselves" (Porter 333).
As we have come to expect in Labou Tansi's novels, there is a flow of events marked by violent and surrealistic peripeteias.