deus ex machina

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any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty

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While the introduction of the more fanciful elements of the tale particularly a pixie named Trevilian and his convenient talents may seem a bit of a deus ex machine to some readers somehow the author makes it work.
Elements of deus ex machine, unlikely coincidence, and sheer implausibility combine, making reality rich and enigmatic.
The Chorus also take over the role of Sophocles' deus ex machine, Hercules, who in the original makes an appearance toward the end in order to hasten Philoctetes' departure from the island.
One way in which to reconcile these various paradoxes involves the introduction of technology as a deus ex machine, by means of which social conflicts are resolved, the organizational protagonist is saved, and humanity is finally liberated.