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ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός

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Deus ex machina (Latin:: /ˈdeɪ.əs ɛks ˈmɑːkiːnə/ or /ˈdiːəs ɛks ˈmækɪnə/; plural: dei ex machina; English ‘god from the machine’) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and seemingly unlikely occurrence, typically so much as to seem contrived. Its function can be to resolve an otherwise irresolvable plot situation, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or act as a comedic device. Deus ex machina is a Latin calque from Greek ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός (apò mēkhanês theós), meaning 'god from the machine'. The term was coined from the conventions of ancient Greek theater, where actors who were playing gods were brought onto stage using a machine. The machine could be either a crane (mechane) used to lower actors from above or a riser which brought them up through a trapdoor. Aeschylus introduced the idea, and it was used often to resolve the conflict and conclude the drama. The device is associated mostly with Greek tragedy, although it also appeared in comedies.


Latin: deus ex machina | deus ex māchinā; French: dieu sorti de la machine; Ancient Greek: ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός; Modern Greek: από μηχανής θεός; Swedish: räddande ängel; Russian: деус экс махина | рояль в кустах | бог из машины | счастливая развязка; Norwegian: reddende engel; Japanese: どんでん返し | デウスエクスマキナ; Finnish: keinotekoinen juonenkäänne; Chinese: 機械降神, 机械降神