Foreshadowing

Definition:
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.

Example:
“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.

8 thoughts on “Foreshadowing”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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