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Transcript of Foreshadowing
What is it?
Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature, music, and/or movies.
Examples of foreshadowing
Can you spot the signs of foreshadowing in these examples?
Now it's YOUR turn!
Observe the following pictures and descriptions and write down your findings by following along with your chart.
The Way out
Why do we use it?
Helps us make predictions
Adds dramatic tension to a story by building anticipation
Focuses our reading
Can make far-fetched stories seem more believable by helping the reader feel more prepared when the event occurs.
How is it used?
Foreshadowing is usually done through the setting, the characters' words or actions, music, or a symbol
Important to know:
Sometimes foreshadowing is very subtle (such as a cloudy day indicating bad events will occur) and can only be seen after a second or third time around. Other times, it can be very obvious, such as two lovers talking about wanting to die rather than live without each other.
Important to know:
A foreshadow does not have to be accurate. It is possible that foreshadows lead a reader to anticipate something that never actually happens.
The Lion King
This clip from Disney's "The Lion King" shows a hidden foreshadowing to the events that occur later in the movie between Simba and his father.
Pirates of the Caribbean
In movies, directors may choose music to foreshadow upcoming events in the story.
What is being foreshadowed here?
Sometimes, authors use false clues to mislead a reader. These are called red herrings and are often seen in mystery or detective stories and often build suspense.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
“Stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets. Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an Eternity of cloud and wind. So furious had been the gusts, that high buildings in town had had the lead stripped off their roofs; and in the country, trees had been torn up, and sails of windmills carried away; and gloomy accounts had come in from the coast, of shipwreck and death. Violent blasts of rain had accompanied these rages of wind, and the day just closed as I sat down to read had been the worst of all.” Chapter 39
Example in a song:
I looked at the speedometer...Steve was driving even faster. "Please slow down," I said. "We're coming to a bad curve up the road!" But he didn't slow down and the snow was coming down harder and harder.
Cassie had always been the best hitter on her softball team, but now, as she warmed up for her high school team try-out, she was feeling nervous. When it was her time to step into the batter's box, she felt a swarm of butterflies in her stomach. As she stepped to the plate, she noticed the sun poke through the clouds. It lit up the field and revealed a bright blue sky overhead. The pitch came, Cassie's eye on the ball, and she swung.
"Stop taking my clothes without asking first!" Jamie yelled at her younger sister. She was sick of this happening.
"Ok, calm down. Jeez." Jackie replied. Jackie walked away, and Jamie glared at her with burrowed brows, squinting eyes, and a pinched mouth.