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11 JUNE 2004

Deus Ex Machina

"(from Greek theos apo mechanes): An unrealistic or unexpected intervention to rescue the protagonists or resolve the conflict. The term means 'The god out of the machine,' and refers to stage machinery. A classical Greek actor, portraying one of the Greek gods in a play, might be lowered out of the sky onto the stage and then use his divine powers to solve all the mortals' problem. The term is a negative one, and often implies a lack of skill on the part of the writer."




classical narrative storytellingdeus ex machinadramagod • god out of the machine • Greeknarrativenarrative logicprotagonistsolutionstage machinery

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