Deus ex Machina

Definition:
Deus ex Machina is a rather debatable and often criticized form of literary device. It refers to the incidence where an implausible concept or character is brought into the story in order to make the conflict in the story resolve and to bring about a pleasing solution. The use of Deus ex Machina is not recommended as it is seen to be the mark of a poor plot that the writer needs to resort to random, insupportable and unbelievable twists and turns to reach the end of the story.

Example:
If in a suspense novel the protagonist suddenly finds a solution to his dilemmas because of divine intervention.

7 thoughts on “Deus ex Machina”

    1. Yes, and its also how the writers of Game of Thrones wrote season 8.
      However, the logic in Avengers: Endgame is mostly solid, unlike Game of Thrones season 8.

      1. Not sure I see that with GoT.

        I get it that you didn’t find the ending satisfying. But even as a casual viewer I had seen foreshadowing of just about every major event and/or plot twist introduced in season 8.

        I didn’t anticipate them mind you, but once they happened I could reflect back and say “Oh yes, I see how we got to this point.”

  1. Unless there actually is some supernatural force in your story, or you’re using the device for satire, it quite often just shows that you couldn’t fix a problem in your plot and took the easy way out.

  2. Basically the end of the plot for LOST
    That show was so jumbled up with plot twists that they had no way to wrap it all up so they decided everyone was dead and they were in purgatory or some junk.

    1. Honestly sick of people complaining that “everyone was dead the whooole time” when that’s not even close to what happened.

  3. The Hand of God, literally…

    In Stephen King’s The Stand, there’s a scene in which a bomb is about to explode, but it’s defused just in the nick of time by the hand of God. Literally. The hand of God comes down from the sky and defuses a bomb.

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