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What is closure in a story?

Closure in a story is the resolution at the end of a literary work that conveys a sense of completion.

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Closure - the sense of completion or resolution at the end of a literary work or part of a work. In literary criticism, it is the reduction of a work’s meanings to a single and complete sense that excludes the claims of other interpretations.

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The term came from Middle English, which took it from Middle French, and was originally from the Latin clausura, meaning “to close.”

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An example of closure is the Finale in George Eliot’s Middle-march in which the author explains what happened to each of the characters in the novel.

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