What does the term "resolution" refer to in literature?


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A resolution in literature is the conclusion of the story; the point in the plot at which the conflict comes to an end. In the resolution, questions that arose during the story are generally answered as well.

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The resolution comes after the climax and the falling action in the narrative structure and is one of the basic elements of literature. All stories have a resolution, even if the author chooses not to disclose all of it to the reader. In most cases, the resolution satisfies the reader's curiosity about how all the story lines come together. The resolution is also referred to as the "denouement," which is a French word that means "untying."

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