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Anagnorisis In A Theoretical And Historical Perspective

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The recognition scene belongs to the category of literary devices that never seem to lose their grip on storytellers and their audiences alike. Recognition is not merely a reflection of the narrator?s attempt to excite the audience, however; it also serves as a vehicle for dealing with epistemological dilemmas that are principal elements in certain types of plot. Accordingly, anagnorisis has its strongest impact when appearing in company with peripeteia. Anagnorisis and peripeteia are both epistemological devices in tragedy that turn around the relationship between mere appearance and true reality, revealing that what seemed to be was truly only semblance and deceit. Greimas? theory of narrative is perhaps most famous for its so-called model of actants or roles, which has proved to be a valuable tool for examining the interacting forces in the plots of narratives.

Keywords: anagnorisis; epistemological dilemmas; Greimas? theory; peripeteia; recognition scene

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