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Epiphanies and Their Importance in Stories
Epiphany; the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger)essence or meaning of something.
Epiphanies, I think, appear in almost every story. They may not be the main focus of the writer or maybe not even what the writer intended to happen, but they appear in some form or another in every story. Even classic love clichés, usually a women is in love with a man and the man barely notices she exists, she goes on some adventure and meets a guy that she doesn’t take interest in at first, and eventually realizes that she doesn’t really love the first guy but instead has fallen for the new guy. Her epiphany is the realization that she loves the new guy that she never expected to fall for.

In “Battle Royal”, the epiphany is at the very beginning of the story, and is not really apart of the story. He describes asking everyone the questions only he could answer, looking everywhere to figure out who he is, only to realize that he can only be himself. I think that is an epiphany because through out the story he is tying to be something he is not. He is trying to please the white men, to be something they approved of, to “not stir the pot”. It takes years and college for him to come to the epiphany about what his dream means, who he really is, and that him, and only him, could answer his questions about himself.

In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, at the very end of the book, Harry realizes that the plan was always for him to die. That he has gone on this entire hero’s journey, just to face and accept his death. In fact, I would say that at least one large epiphany appeared in every book. In the very first book(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 309) the most obvious epiphany is that he is a wizard, a famous wizard. In the fifth(Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 896), Harry Potter finally realizes what how powerful love is, albeit he still has conflicts with that idea of magic in the latter stories...