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Heather Van Otterloo

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature, music, and movies
Sometimes an author uses fake clues to mislead the reader. These clues are called "red herrings," which are often found in mysteries.
There are four types of foreshadowing: musical, verbal, facial expression, and visual/action .
The opening scene of The Wizard of Oz includes several examples of foreshadowing.
Musical foreshadowing
is when a filmmaker uses music to hint at what is to come.
Verbal foreshadowing
is when dialogue is used to hint at future events
Facial expressions can also foreshadow events
clues in a scene can also foreshadow events
Lastly, foreshadowing can often be found in movies or books that end with a cliffhanger.
Generally, the function of foreshadowing is to build anticipation in the minds of readers about what might happen next and thus adding dramatic tension to a story.
Is the future mentioned?
Is the setting, weather, or mood changing in the story?
Are there objects that are symbolic of danger, happiness, sadness, etc.?
Does the narrator or a character observe something that hints at what may come later?
Questions to Help Identify Foreshadowing
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