Doesn’t the dénouement in the human condition depend on the plot of someone’s life? Is that plot ever really close ended? Don’t time, race, culture, creed, and religion play a part of the human condition, a true evaluation of a dénouement?
Most people would say, “Yes, it depends on the story.” Is there really such a word that means nothing more than wrapping the meaning up in a bow, and then close the book? What about reality? You know, the ever-running stream of experiences that change and meld us into knowledgeable beings that question life? The existential moments unfolding endlessly on themselves. Would The Fall by Albert Camus be a better story if there wasn’t a dénouement? If Celmance didn’t realize that his life was already lived, and he stopped going on and on about the true evils of man and his fall from grace? And what about Burgess’s book, A Clockwork Orange, the dystopian novel where the protagonist realizes that everything he thought he knew was wrong,
and the life of the common-man's (getmarried, have children, work hard) path is the way to go. (Last chapter, not in movie.)
Maybe, then again, each book should have a dénouement. We can learn lessons, enjoy the resolve, not question any further the real meanings of the unspoken word. Wrap it up. Don’t drive the reader crazy with not sharing the meaning. Life can be a fairytale; ask red riding hood. Now, that’s some dénouement! It is not safe to deviate from the path, especially if you’re human. (A bit like A Clockwork Orange.) But then again, it’s not safe to try and eat humans if you’re a wolf. Hmm…
So, to have a dénouement or not to have a dénouement, that is the question. What do you think?