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.
In Poetics, Aristotle deprecates the application of the deus ex machina (1454a33-b9), which is frequently reckoned to be an extraneous, artificial and improbable means to close a play.
Primeiro, os personagens telefonam para ele e sua voz se faz ouvir no palco, como se ele mesmo fosse um segundo Deus ex machina.
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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.
But the great sacrificial scene was bungled in Vick's handling, with bathetic scrubbing down of a butcher's slab and no reaction at all from the protagonists at the surprise intervention of the supernatural voice of the deus ex machina.
I hope to accomplish what I obviously hadn't when he was in eighth grade: namely, to have him consider a concept of God other than a childish deus ex machina idea that just doesn't work.
Micawber was saved by Dickens' deus ex machina, and Brown, son of the manse that he likes to remind us he is, is apparently hoping for similar divine intervention.
Just as often an editorial board will carefully come to consensus around one candidate only to have the publisher swoop in, deus ex machina, to dictate the paper's formal support for another.
In a newspaper industry deus ex machina, a small chain of Chicago weeklies stepped in late Wednesday to buy three Sun-Times Media Group (STMG) papers literally minutes after their demise had been announced.
Ella habla directamente con el deus ex machina michoacano.