Wait, did that guy die at the end?
August 1, 2011 3:45 PM Subscribe
Give me examples from literature, film, and popular culture of stories that end without actually telling us what really happened, leaving us unable to resolve multiple plausible versions of events.
posted by decathecting to media & arts (65 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for examples of books, movies, and other popular culture references wherein the reader/viewer is left at the end with significant questions about what happened because of different versions of the story related to them by different characters. Stories about crimes where it's never made clear who the perpetrator is (or even whether a crime took place), stories where we don't know whether someone is now alive or dead, stories where we get multiple plausible explanations but never find out which one is the right one. I know that a lot of writers do this, including Harold Pinter and many of the magical realists, but I'm looking for well-known examples that would likely be familiar to a wide audience of Americans. Thanks!