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.

2 thoughts on “Foreshadowing”

  1. 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.

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

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