- a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work.
Origin of peripeteia
Examples from the Web for peripety
Historical Examples of peripety
Two parts of the Plot, then, Peripety and Discovery, are on matters of this sort.The Poetics
But Theodore Kremer, who very possibly never heard of peripety, would do exactly the same thing.Seeing Things at Night
When a pupil brings in a play in favor of polygamy, Baker declines to argue but talks instead about peripety.Pieces of Hate
Has the conception of the peripety, as an almost obligatory element in drama, any significance for the modern playwright?
In the third act of Othello we have a peripety handled with consummate theatrical skill.
peripetia peripety (pəˈrɪpətɪ)
- (esp in drama) an abrupt turn of events or reversal of circumstances