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Copy of flashback, foreshadowing, and symbolism

definition and examples

Noma Asuelime

on 18 September 2014

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Transcript of Copy of flashback, foreshadowing, and symbolism

An interruption in events that goes back to the past
Hints of what is to come
An object or action that stands for something beyond itself
As Lily walked down the road she shivered uncontrollably. She couldn’t help but think back to another time. A night much like this one, the night cold with the bite of the autumn air. No moon hanging in the sky to light her way. The faint sound of footsteps coming closer and closer and when she turned her head, no one was there. She checked behind her just in case.
“Grandma, how did you learn how to make noodles?”
“When I was a young girl just like you are now, I would always help my Grandma make noodles. She taught how me to mix the ingredients just right and to roll the dough so….”
Find the Flashback
Snow lay deep in the streets on Winesburg… Young George Williard, who had nothing to do, was glad because he did not feel like working that day. The weekly paper had been printed and taken to the post office Wednesday evening and the snow began to fall on Thursday. A eight o’clock, after the morning train had passed, he put a pair of skate in his pocket and went up to Waterworks Pond but did not go skating. Past the pond and along a path that followed Wine Creek he went until he came to a grove of beech trees. There he built a fire against the side of a log and sat down at the end of the log to think. When the snow began to fall and the wind to blow he hurried about getting fuel for the fire.
The young report was thinking of Kate Swift… On the evening before he had gone to her house to get a book she wanted him to read and had been alone with her for an hour. For the fourth or fifth time the woman had talked to him with great earnestness and he could not make out what she meant by her talk. He began to believe she must be in love with him and the thought was both pleasing and annoying.
Up from his log he sprang to pile sticks on the fire. Looking about to be sure he was alone he talked aloud pretending he was in the presence of the woman.
Sam wished he could rid himself of the sick feeling in his gut that told him something terrible was going to happen, and happen soon.
"The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier begins "On December the third the wind changed overnight and it was winter." The story's protagonist remarks, "there are more birds about than usual...And daring. Some of them taking no notice of the tractor. One or two gulls came so close to my head this afternoon I thought they'd knock my cap off" (52).
Robert Frost
"The Road Not Taken"
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Underneath your "Do Now" chart, review your new notes you've added to your chart. Add any other new information you've learned about foreshadowing, flashback and symbolism.
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