Foreshadowing

Comments

78 comments posted
A famous example of foreshadowing from the Gospel of John

The author/editor(s), "John", has John the Baptist refer to Jesus as the "Lamb of God". "John" will later move the day of the crucifixion up a day to the day of preparation for Passover when the lambs are slaughter for the Passover meal. Jesus never eats the Passover meal, but becomes the slaughtered lamb. The Last Supper differs significantly from that found in the synoptic gospels, with Jesus washing the disciples' feet instead of ushering in a new covenant of his body and blood. In Chapter 1 (NIV):

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

Rather than parables with an earthly ruler or owner reclaiming what is rightfully theirs, as found in the synoptic gospels, it contains metaphorical stories or allegories, such as those of the Good Shepherd and of the True Vine. Later, in Chapter 18, "John" has Pilate describe Jesus as an innocent (lamb) even as he calls Jesus 'the king of the Jews', the charge of sedition for which crucifixion was the penalty!

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

At the very end, in John 21:25, the author/editor(s) reveal a very practical reason for using their literary devices to change the story.

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

An author is only limited by the number of permutations and combinations that can be obtained by vamping on previously told tales. The number is virtually unlimited!

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 03:45
IS

is foreshadowing figuative language

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 19:54
Danganronpa foreshadowing

A girl named Chiaki Nanami said she had a dream in which she was stuck in a real life tetris game and got stuck. She then got executed in the same way after being caught for accidentally killing another chrachter without her knowing. Her execution included her being crushed by a tetris piece. Is this foreshadowing?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 05:15
Yes, tetris dream=foreshadowing

Yes, in my experience something like that could be foreshadowing. Since the author knows what will happen to her, they would not have accidentally placed a rather specific dream about tetris in a book where a character gets killed by... tetris. What I'm trying to say is that it's much too unusual to be a coincidence, so it must be some form of foreshadowing, even though you don't pick up on it unless you know she will be excecuted in that... strange... way.

Sure sounds like an interesting book though--what's the title?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:20
What

I don't know what kind of books you are reading but that is most definitely not foreshadowing

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:46
Um... what?

What the hell kind of story was that? That was most definitely not foreshadowing in its most basic sense, as you didn't hint at what was going to happen but rather actually showed it. It has to be something subtle, for example this character could go to the zoo and mention that she is afraid of lions as they are ferocious, and then have her executed via lions.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:56
It's a game/anime

Good one too, its about a group of students trapped at a school. To escape, they need to kill someone without being caught, but if they do get caught, they die.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 21:46
i still feel for her

i still feel for her

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/04/2016 - 16:04
forshadow in odyssey?

"ah, stranger, are you still here, so creepy, late at night hanging about, looking the women over? You old goat, go outside, cuddle your supper; get out, or a torch may kindle you behind!"

if this is not a foreshadow, what other literary device?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 02:21
foreshadowing

is the following lines foreshadowing?
"to have evaded death at the end of the rope, only to go like this, his skin punctured and blood spilled beneath these chilly stars".

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:03
nope

Not foreshadowing.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 03:18
please no

he has a gun i dont know what to do

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 19:59
Foreshadowing in "The Swimming Contest"

Is "I rest if I've got nothing else to do. Not because there's a God, but just if I feel like it." or "It all depends on the individual; everyone who wants peace will live in peace." a foreshadowing event and why?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:09
Neither one of those is

Neither one of those is foreshadowing

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:45
foreshadowing

How do you find the event after you are given the foreshadowing, or how do you find the foreshadowing when you are given the event? Any tips that could make this easier?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:10
Foreshadowning

it's easy to find if you are say reading the book again or watching the movie for the second time.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 19:30
awasome

great :)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:24
what is foreshadow

is foreshadow a tone word

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:04
hi

hi

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 00:48
no

No it is not

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:21
foreshadowing is a liturative

foreshadowing is a liturative device that indicates what will be of an outcome to the end of a story without actually giving it away

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 20:04
I am writing a book and don't know what to call this part.

Ok so i am explaining a lab accident at the beginning of my story to add suspense but I don't know what to call it.I considered prologue, but i just wanted to know if there if anything else that i could call it.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:51
call it...

you should call it the "vile labyrinth" (cause you use viles in labs and lab is the prefix of the word labyrinth)

or you could call it Bob. because bob is a cool name. and i know i am not using capitals but that is ok. ok.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/31/2016 - 04:00
OR....

you can call it "vial labyrinth" - since they use vials in labs.... maybe for vile experiments.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 06:48
Cool

whats the book gonna be called? Im an avid reader.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/05/2014 - 00:46
reply

it could also be considered the prelude.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:19
foreshadowing

what foreshadowing tools. devices are present in the lottery by shirley jackson

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:55
When the children are

When the children are collecting rocks

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:55
How is this foreshadowing?

"It was a grey and humid morning. Pascal remembered it well later on, that ominous backdrop. It was as if the sky were pressing down,refusing to allow any fresh air or light to pass through, in an attempt to suffocate all living things." - Bitter Chocolate

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/16/2014 - 03:07
It talks about bitter chocolate

It's foreshadowing because it's giving you a hint that it's bitter chocolate.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 05:35
???

and furthermore

??????

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/31/2016 - 04:01
it is considered

it is considered foreshadowing because you don't know what is too come later on.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:55
The foreshadowing lies in the

The foreshadowing lies in the phrase "remembered it well later on, that ominous backdrop." At the time of the event itself (the morning), the conditions suggest something bad/unpleasant is about to happen, but the character does not yet realize it.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:21
Is this foreshadowing?

In the movie Starwars Episode one there is a scene where young anakin skywalker is against a hut with the sun beaming down on him and his shadow isnt himself, its of vader?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:01
thanks

i got my answer

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:42
Yes

Yes that is foreshadowing because its giving hints of who young anakin will have to meet.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 16:36
Anakin never meets Vader

Anakin never meets Vader. (Spoilers) He becomes Vader! and then fights his son, kills the Emperor and then dies.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 22:20
Thanks

Helping me with my class work

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 16:19
In addition: Lanase Ken

I reference to Ola Rotimi 's Gods Are Not To Blame.
Adewale, a new baby of the King was taken to the Oracle Priest for divination; the Boy was predicted a doom to the kingdom.......in the latter, unknowingly, he killed his father and married his mother. A good example of foreshadowing. therefore, it can be said to have given a tip of the event as well as predicting the future of a character(s) in a story

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 17:48
Ola Rotimi's God's Are Not To Blame

Ola Rotimi's God's Are Not To Blame has the same foreshadow of events as that of Oedipus the King. Coincidental and equally disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 03:01
Foreshadowing.

Foreshadowing. An example is: "THE BEST IS ON THE PIPELINE.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:24
Foreshadowing

I am reading the story " I am Legend". Would it be correct if I use foreshadowing to tie in with numerology. For example ,We are told at the start of the book that Neville the main character is 36 years old . using numerology I know this number reduces to 9 .
The number 9 has significant meanings that all fit Neville's charter as you continue reading.

9 is associated with being lucky. and the goddess Hecate is 9

9 is for the god, Mars,- the god of war and the book shows Neveile has a fighting spirit.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 08:31
good

thanks to this website :)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 14:15
yes or no

I was in the same room that he was killed in

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 16:04
Araby Story The narrator

Araby Story

The narrator Starts off with a sentence that makes the readers get into the story with a little suspense.

At the end of the story he talks about " Gazing up into the Darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; my eyes burned with anguish and fear."
It makes me wonder what's going to happen next.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 16:27
foreshadowing

Is foreshadowing a literal or a figurative technique?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 13:07
To find foreshadowing

To find foreshadowing you must first find the event to which the foreshadowing points.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:09
For example, foreshadowing

For example, foreshadowing could be if in the story it gets cold and suddenly clouds cover the sun making it dark, that something bad might be about to happen, since darkness and cold wouldn't create the impression that good things are about to happen.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:46
...

That would probably be a better example for pathetic fallacy

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 03:48
Wait a second. It's an

Wait a second. It's an extract from Unreal.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 15:35

Post new comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options