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Epiphanies: Know Thyself

Oedipus and the Sphinx (1808) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). Oil on Canvas. Louvre, Paris. Image Source: Wiki.
This post is the first in a series on the epiphany in writing. In fiction, epiphany can come through exposition, characterization, dialogue, or plot. An epiphany is a moment when disparate threads come together and the character and audience or reader learn the truth. Epiphanies pull the veils from our eyes. They decode unexplained jokes, mysteries, betrayals and destinies.

The Epiphany as Personal Choice

James Joyce (1882-1941) first used 'epiphany,' a religious term, to apply to literature, although the most famous moment of epiphany probably comes from Sophocles' classical story of Oedipus, Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex), dated 429 BCE. Oedipus is a cursed character who moves blindly through his life, surrounded by lies and subterfuge.

Epiphanies are foreshadowed by a character's encounter with something alien and surprising, a divine gift, gran…

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