In terms of anagnorisis, the mythic, tragic realisation that prophecies were correct is only really the case for fictional characters, yet it is a continually attractive idea for those of us who know that our lives don't have a plot.
-- Alice Bennett, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction, 2012
Tragedy and comedy both deal in errors of perception and their unveiling, a device known since the Greeks as anagnorisis.
-- David Bellos, Jacques Tati, 1999
Anagnorisis comes from the Greek word anagnōrí(zein) which meant "to know again." This concept is discussed in Aristotle's Poetics.