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[French péripétie, from Greek peripeteia; see peripeteia.]

peripeteia, peripetia, peripety

Literature. a sudden change in the course of events, especially in dramatic works.
See also: Drama
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Noun1.peripety - a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work); "a peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling"
surprise - a sudden unexpected event
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Montaignean skepticism's intrusion into the theatrical realm creates a disruptive opportunity to question precedence as a means of evaluation, and Michael Neill has noted that the ethos of A King and No King derives substantially from such skepticism: "The protean qualities of this drama, the violent switches of attitude and behavior, are not simply resources of theatrical expediency: they reveal the dramatists' sense of a world knit up of contraries, inherently unstable and liable to sudden alteration and peripety.
This peripety is furthermore made prominent when the word "all" is repeated in verses 300 ("papers all") and 303 ("all things") as a frame, whereas the center itself is marked by a rhyme (flame-frame).
And so blind Homer's story-line creates, Like blind Teiresias, the narratee Of this first-person tale who now awaits His own denouement or peripety As one no prophet ventures to foresee Or final twist of epic plot dictates By law of genre.
89), now serves as an instrument of healing, (87) a peripety that inverts Romelio's observation that medical incision is close to stabbing: in notable contrast to the tenting metaphor in tragedy, the villain here literally kills to become a surgeon.
To resolve this intricate peripety in Bradwardine's favor requires a great amount of skill and maneuvering, and Scott rises admirably to the occasion.
There is a line of critical vision that accepts the processual nature that this sonnet form lends to the poem, the peripety of the sonnet's psychic drama taking place at the volta, or "turn," between its eighth and ninth lines, that is, in the transfer from the octave to the sestet.
The tavern's barkeep Mickey Maloy and Jamie Cregan rehearse the history of Con Melody's birth in an Irish manor, his heroism--and libido--in the Seventh Dragoons in Spain, and his peripety outside of Boston.
Contrasting with this approach of conversion as peripety was what Goddard conceives as a medieval, gradualist approach to conversion favored by the Franciscans.
The action, proceeding in the way defined, as one continuous whole, I call simple, when the change in the hero's fortunes takes place without Peripety [Reversal] or Discovery; and complex, when it involves one or the other, or both.
include: the indulgence of strong emotionalism; moral polarization and schematization; extreme states of being, situations, actions; overt villainy, persecution of the good, and final reward of virtue; inflated extravagant expression; dark plotting, suspense, breathtaking peripety.
What then ought to have been his moment of apotheosis is instead a bitter-sweet anagnorisis (the passage from insanity to understanding accompanied by a radical reversal of the action) linked to the story's upsetting peripety (the protagonist's failure, for want of more foolish talk, the failure of the community, for want of more understanding, and the resultant rejection of the hero).
But then we experience the peripety and resolution Mozart has constructed, so that we are brought back to this world and we go over the opening phrases in our mind--which we heard just a few seconds earlier--and we realize all of a sudden where they fit in the structure and we gasp in admiration at the whole piece.