Flashback involves a shift in the narrative to a scene from an earlier time. It is a technique used to provide background information or to reveal important details about the plot or characters. Flashbacks can take many forms, including memories, dreams, or even historical events.
Examples of flashback:
In Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved,” the character Sethe has several flashbacks to her time as a slave and the traumatic events that led to her escape.
In Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” the character Jane has a flashback to her childhood and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her aunt.
In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” the narrative jumps back and forth in time, with many flashbacks to the history of the Buendia family.
In J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” the character Holden Caulfield frequently has flashbacks to his past experiences and the events that led to his mental breakdown.