The literary device foreshadowing refers to the use of words or phrases that set the stage for the story to unfold. It gives the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense. Foreshadowing is used to suggest an upcoming outcome to the story.

“He had no idea of the disastrous chain of events to follow”. In this sentence, while the protagonist is clueless of further developments, the reader learns that something disastrous and problematic is about to happen to/for him.

15 thoughts on “Foreshadowing”

  1. Foreshadowing by definition is a set of words or phrases that set up the stage and theme of a story giving the reader an idea of what may come next in the book/novel. I personally find foreshadowing interesting because it gives the reader a since of mystery and add suspense to the story. Just as everything seems to be going right in the story it all could change for the worse throwing the reader completely off guard. What I particular like about foreshadowing is that when you start a book your always looking for certain signs or conflicts that seem to start between two characters that could lead to an idea of what is to come in the future. I personally love to try and guess the outcomes of the stories as I read them and foreshadowing is one of the literary devices that gives you that ability to almost guess the ending of the book.

  2. 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

  3. The novel Anna Karenina by Leon Tolstoi begins in a train station. When the protagonist arrives, she hears of an accident: a man has been trampled by a train. The train station and the accident foreshadow Anna’s own end.

  4. Foreshadowing is a literary device that indicates what will be of an outcome to the end of a story without actually giving it away.

    1. Not exactly- the its not always an example of the end. In the book “The Hobbit” it is used multiple times such as the italicization of the word; mountain; in the book that explained they would get into a mountain range and have to escape it, but that was not the end.

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