This article is about the literary epilogue. See Epilogue for other uses of "Epilogue" or "Epilog".
An epilogue, or epilog, is a piece of writing at the end of a work of literature or drama, usually used to bring closure to the work. The writer or the person may deliver a speech, speaking directly to the reader, when bringing the piece to a close, or the narration may continue normally to a closing scene.
In novels, epilogues tend to be, when existent, the last chapter of the novel. They take a variety of forms, but most summarize the novel's contents or reveal the fates of the characters. Some epilogues may feature scenes only tangentially related to the subject of the story. They can often suggest a sequel or take place a significant period of time after the main plot.
A character may deliver a speech, speaking directly to the audience, when bringing the piece to a close. A notable dramatic epilogue is Puck's speech at the end of William Shakespeare's A