deus ex machina


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deus ex machina

1. A god in an ancient Greek or Roman play that suddenly appears in the storyline in order to solve a problem or decide an outcome. The Latin phrase translates to "god from a machine," referring to the machinery that lowered it onto the stage. The ancient Greek play makes use of a deus ex machina in which Apollo arrives on stage to restore order among the other characters.
2. An ending in a performance or story that seems too contrived to be believable to the audience. Modern critics often pan 1980s-era television shows for the typical deus ex machina that writers often used to neatly wrap up episodes.
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Any other step or compromise that would end the colonisation of Cyprus and the irreversible conversion of northern Cyprus into a Turkish protectorate is unnecessary because the way out of this deadlock will be provided -- as in all tragedies -- by deus ex machina.
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I will propose three approaches to explore the well-timed intervention of deus ex machina in Sophocles's Philoctetes: first, how the rationale of Heracles's persuasion bolsters the thematic unity of the play; second, how Heracles's argument showcases that the new heroic paragon has much to do with collective glory as well as individual honor; third, how the concerns underlying Heracles ex machina form a coherent part of the disease theme and a working explanation for the slog of Philoctetes's suffering.
A expressao latina Deus ex machina deriva do grego apo mechanes Theos e significa literalmente "Deus surgido da maquina".
There is no Deus ex Machina, no police to step in at the end, and the only protection people have is themselves and their ability to get along with one another.
We leave the romance and the cloudbursts and the deus ex machina to other companies.
The deus ex machina of theater and film is highly relevant to Holmes: the god is an illusion, no more than a man on a rope.
But in Sleeping Planet I found something different, an epic drama where salvation didn't depend on high-tech lasers or death rays or even deus ex machina items like germs.
Redrado ha sido el deus ex machina que neutralizo corridas pro devaluatorias de este ano y autor de la normalizacion financiera, que "deja recursos adicionales al BCRA via una ganancia de $10.000 millones (US$ 2.630 millones) por el aumento en el precio de los titulos publicos en cartera gracias a un BCRA inteligente que recompro miles de millones de deuda del gobierno cuando el mercado 'eficiente' decidio regalarlos a precios de default entre septiembre de 2008 y marzo de 2009", explica Bein.
The entire event undoubtedly had a slight deus ex machina air about it, with Zatlers seen as an imposing figure at the right hand of Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, calling out for concrete deadlines for concrete tasks.
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The star, however, is the unassuming Jeff Clarke, a deus ex machina as deviser, stage director and musical director.
They met at Deus Ex Machina in Parramatta Rd, Camperdown, with Bloom riding there on his new customised road bike turned hill climber, the Deus SR400, which cost him 20,000 dollars, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Respecto de la estructura, se destaca, por un lado, la ausencia de personajes femeninos; por el otro, la proximidad a la obra euripidea vinculada con la solucion final con el deus ex machina y la organizacion y disposicion de los cantos corales.