Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Intro to Denouement

Denouement is the series of events that follow the plot's climax. It is the conclusion or resolution of the story.


"When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind."
Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind)

Denouement is the resolution of a story. In Patrick Rothfuss' “The Name of the Wind” he ends with this quote. The basic premise of the story is around this character named Kvothe. As an old man, he tells a story of his adventurous childhood. His is better than any ones. It is full of adventure, fun, danger, love, excitement. Pretty much the Princess Bride in a fairy tale. Throughout the book, you see this contrast between the old Kvothe, who is wise and knowledgeable, and his younger mischievous self. Finally, after finishing his story, Kvothe says this, which really shows how he thought life should be lived. The old man Kvothe doesn’t like his life, no where near his younger youth. What he is trying to say is that the planned nature we set ourselves up in is what is bad for us, not the danger and excitement.

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