Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story.

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Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about the upcoming events.

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A writer may implement foreshadowing in many different ways.


Some of these ways include: character dialogues, plot events, and changes in setting.


Even the title of a work or a chapter can act as a clue that suggests what is going to happen.


Foreshadowing in fiction creates an atmosphere of suspense in a story, so that the readers are interested and want to know more.


This literary device is generally used to build anticipation in the minds of readers about what might happen next, thus adding dramatic tension to a story.


Moreover, foreshadowing can make extraordinary and bizarre events appear credible, some events are predicted in order to make the audience feel anticipated for them.

Anticipation is an emotion involving pleasure, or anxiety in considering or awaiting an expected event.


Hints may be about future events, character revelations, and plot twists to create mood, convey theme and building suspense, usually to hint the good events that will likely cross paths or happen to the main character later on.


Plot can be delayed by characters or events to give the impression that something momentous will occur to build anticipation and emphasize importance to them, giving the audience a series of questions particularly after cliff hangers.


This literary device is frequently adapted for use by composers of theatrical music, in the composition of operas, musicals, radio, film, television, gaming, podcast, and internet scores and underscores, and incidental music for spoken theatrical productions.

Radio is the technology of using radio waves to carry information, such as sound, by systematically modulating some property of electromagnetic energy waves transmitted through space, such as their amplitude, frequency, phase, or pulse width.

A film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon.

A composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music, instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms.

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