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Use of Foreshadowing to Create Suspense

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Mary-Catherine Crutchfield

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refers to specific points in the novel at which the audience experiences intense feelings of anxiety while waiting for the outcome of certain events.
Examples in Crime and Punishment
Literary Criticism
Author's experience with legal reforms from the 1860's in Russia.

-How the reforms influenced the novel
confessions be voluntary
consistent with evidence of the crime
judicial- confession had to be made in open or formal testimony

-Examples from the novel:
Dostoevsky's focus on interaction between Porfiry Petrovich and Raskolnikov
What if...
You and your friends made last minute plans to go see a movie. Your mother explicitly told you that you could not leave the house until your room was clean and she would check to see if it was clean. She said there would be severe consequences if you disobeyed her. Since the plans that you made were last minute, it gave you very little time to clean up. You left anyway.

What do you think will happen?
Alekhya Geddem and Mary Catherine Crutchfield
Use of Foreshadowing to Create Suspense
-How did foreshadowing influence you to continue reading Crime and Punishment? How did you feel when reading the novel?

-What would happen to the readers' experience if foreshadowing was not used in the novel?

-Are there any examples of foreshadowing in real life? Explain.

-In To Kill A Mockingbird, the following quote uses foreshadowing. What are similarities about this foreshadowing and the foreshadowing found in Crime and Punishment?
“...but remember, its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 98)
“...of course, she doesn’t deserve to be alive.” (Dostoevsky 66)

-How can foreshadowing help prepare us for the future in reality?

-Foreshadowing plays an important role in Crime
and Punishment

-Foreshadowing creates suspense

-It can be observed in both literature and in reality.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Vol. XVIII. Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1917

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. Print

Burnham, William. "The Legal Context and Contributions of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment." Www.jstor.org. N.p., 6 May 2002. Web. <http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1290440?uid=3739920&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104137047451>.
a literary device that the author employs in order to hint at what is to come later in the story.
Crime and Punishment Connection
Establishes the structure of Crime and Punishment by illustrates the dual-split personality of Raskolnikov.
Quote #1:

“And each time he passed, the young man had a sick, frightened feeling, which made him scowl and feel ashamed.” (Dostoevsky 1)

“...and with a rapid glance, he scanned everything in the room, trying as far as possible to notice and remember its arrangement.” (Dostoevsky 5)
Quote #2:
“Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn? No, that you don’t understand yet...” (Dostoevsky 16)
Quote #3

“‘A note from the office, [the porter] announced, as he gave [Raskolnikov] the paper. ‘From what office?’ ‘A summons to the police office, of course. You know which office.’” (Dostoevsky 92)

“He went in like a man condemned to death.” ( Dostoevsky 111)
Quote #4:
“Raskolnikov had a terrible dream...To shouts of ‘Giddap!’ the little mare starts pulling with all her might, but she can scarcely manage a slow walk, much less a gallop... ‘Take an axe to her! Finish her off fast,’ shouts a third... The nag stretches out her muzzle, heaves a deep sigh, and dies... ‘Papa! What did they...kill...the poor horse for!’ [Raskolnikov] sobs, but his breath fails, and the words burst like cries from his straining chest.” (Dostoevsky 54-59)
Quote #5:
“Now a certain man was sick named Lazarus of Bethany …” she forced herself at last to read, but at the third word her voice broke like an overstrained string." ( Dosteovsky 156)
the murder of the horse is projected on Raskolnikov
this dream foreshadowed the death of Alyona Ivanova, who he describes as a "louge".
questioning of his actions
his confession is foreshadowed several times throughout the novel
the author delays the actual commission of the crime to build suspense
The "yet" makes the reader question if Raskolnikov will understand later on in the future.
It creates suspense later on in the novel when he contemplates turning himself in for his crime.
mentally preparing for the murder
creates suspense because it shows the reader that the murder is going to happen in the near future
the story of Lazarus is a model of hope for both Sonia and Raskolnikov
the raising of Lazarus from death is most profound miracle
relation to his isolation from society
death of soul
foreshadows Raskolnikov's retu

It is unclear to the reader why he has the sickening feeling.
He is "indebted to her" but the reader doesn't know why he is indebted which creates the suspense.
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