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Foreshadowing in "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl

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barrie berger

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Foreshadowing in "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl

Foreshadowing in "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl
Foreshadowing-third example
"Oh no, I don't think they were famous. But they were incredibly handsome, both of them, I can promise you that. They were tall and young and handsome, my dear, just exactly like you." page 77

This is an example of foreshadowing because Billy says they were both famous for the same reason, and the landlady is hinting that they were just like him. So, he is going to be the famous for the same thing as them.
Extend Your Thinking
For extend your thinking I chose to read "The Wish" by Roald Dahl and look for examples of foreshadowing in "The Wish."
Foreshadowing-first example
"There was a baby grand piano and a big sofa and several plump armchairs, and in one corner he spotted a large parrot in a cage. Animals were usually a good sign in a place like this, Billy told himself." page 73

This is foreshadowing because the animals are stuffed, and that will soon be Billy's fate if he stays at the bed and breakfast.
Foreshadowing-second example
ready for you, my dear." page 74

This is an example of foreshadowing because the landlady is accenting on "all," like she has something more planned besides the room.
One form of foreshadowing in "The Wish" is "And the black parts of the carpet . . . yes, the black parts are snakes, poisonous snakes, adders mostly, and cobras, thick like tree trunks round the middle."

This is a form of foreshadowing because at the end of the story the boy falls into one of the dense parts of the black carpet. So when Roald Dahl uses the simile like tree trunks round the middle, he does this because the trees are thick, and the part the boy falls into is thick.
Another example of foreshadowing in "The Wish" is "The black was what made him nervous. He glanced quickly over his shoulder to see how far he had come."

This is foreshadowing because it says that the black made him nervous, and in the end he falls into the black part of the carpet.
I also researched Roald Dahl to extend my reading.
Roald Dahl usually re-used his ideas throughout is stories. He did this because he thought he could make something new out of these ideas.
Another principle Roald believed in was that stories to not just appear, but that you had to work hard to think of them!
Roald Dahl did not always want to be a writer. Once said that if he had been able to stay at school "I'd have studied and become a doctor."
"It might surprise you, but Roald Dahl was not a very promising writer in school. In fact, he wasn't much of a student at all. His grades were mostly average, but he got terrible reports for his writing! One teacher actually wrote in his report card: "'I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means. He seems incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper!"'
5 of Dahl's most popular books are: Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The BFG, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and James and the Giant Peach.
I got the Roald Dahl facts from www.roalddahlfans.com
This was brought to you by Barrie Berger
I got this video from Quixoticredbird1984 on youtube.
Foreshadowing is getting a glimpse of what will happen in the future.
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