#5. Are you being followed by a fore-shadow?

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I’m being followed by a fore-shadow. Fore-shadow-fore-shadow! (See video to make sense of this gibberish.)

Unlike moon shadows, a fore-shadow can’t follow you because it comes FIRST. In their early chapters, classic novels tend to foreshadow events to come. The use of literary devices like foreshadowing is a sign of a well-planned plot and sometimes, true literary genius. So as long as you know what foreshadowing means (click the link to increase your knowledge base), write a question about it.

Remember the program:

  • Include the title of your book
  • Write a question that’s challenging
  • Write it with good spelling and grammar, so it doesn’t need to be edited before being published
  • Answer your own question
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  1. Robinson Crusoe
    By:Daniel Defoe

    Question: Describe how the author uses the book to foreshadow what is going to happen in the story.
    Answer: In the book it says ”But Blas! this was a taste of missery i was to go through. Robinson Crusoe got in a ship wreck about 8 were killed,32 were injured, and some got captured.

  2. Jane Eyre by:Charlotte Bronte

    Q:Is there something foreshadowing in my book and what is it?
    A:I have not noticed any foreshadowing clues in my book yet but i havent gotten that far into it. but time will tell i guess…I do have my suspisons of foreshadowing about the red room though..maybe something will happen in their since its already haunted with Jane’s deceased uncle Reed’s spirit….she has already seen him when her evil aunt Reed locked her in it….SpOoKyY….

  3. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    Q: Describe how the author uses the title to foreshadow what is going to happen in the story.
    A: The author uses the word mysterious to describe the island therefor making the reader predict that the island that the characters are stranded on has many secrets that they are going to find out.

  4. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
    Q. Do you think the book is foreshadowing somethings? Like the problems with the Cunninghams?

    A. Yes, I do. Because the Cunninghams are said to be a disgrace to Maycomb(the town the characters live in). And Attics(Lawyer/father) helped a family with their land using legal matters, but can’t repay him with money because they are extremely poor. And the house that the main characters fear.

  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Question: Elizabeth hates Mr. Darcy, does this foreshadow that she’s going to murder him or her heart is screaming out for him and her head hasn’t quite caught on, explain?

    Well there’s a fine line between love and hate. She hates Mr. Darcy but has a romantic twist forming in her subconscious. The way she looks at him with disgust but how her feet melt at the same time. I believe she’s going to fall in love with this man because of the way the settings are. There’s not any talk of murders or breaking the laws so i don’t think it will jump to that out of nowhere. The book is along the lines of falling in love and marriage. I think she will soon let her heart take control.(:

  6. Tarzan of the Apes by edgar rice burroughs

    In Tarzan is there any foreshadowing if so why do you think that it is foreshadowing?

    in the book Tarzan before Black Michael left Lady Alice and Clayton in the middle of the ocean on a small island he said”I’ll see to it that the British gover’ment learns about where ye be; for the life of me I couldn’t tell ’em exactly where for I don’t know myself” so you can kinda ges that they won’t find them in time.

  7. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

    Q. How does the author foreshadow that Horace is going to kill himself?

    A.When Horace comes into the store and asks if he could give Lee Chong some of his property to clear up the dept he owes to him. He also says that he doesn’t want the dept to be left for his children to pay.

  8. I’m reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Question:
    How does your author foreshadow that Count Von Kramm is up to something? Explain why you feel this way, and if you think he is innocent of whatever mystery arises.

    Answer:
    Watson(as the narrator) notes in the passage: “‘You will excuse this mask,’ continued our strange visitor. ‘The august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to you, and I may confess that the title by which I have just called myself is not exactly my own.'”, that he is a “strange visitor”, and that Count Von Kramm is not his real name, and that seems quite suspicious.

    • However, I feel that he is innocent of whatever crime appears, but he might just be, perhaps, a witness or something else of that matter.

  9. Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

    Q: does you book foreshadow? if so explain how it will lead to something that will happen in the book.

    A: My book tells that his work partner Marley has died and he is on his own with the shop and it is close to Christmas and Scrooge is a big old grump about it,he might get tought the true spirt about Christmas or something to that matter might happen like that.

  10. Call of The Wild by Jack London
    Q: did your author use fore-shadowing in your book? give an example of why you think this.
    A: yes this author did use fore-shadowing in this book because another dog keeps taking Bucks food and trying to fight with him so i think there will be a fight between them sometime in this book.

  11. Around The World In 80 Days Jules Verne

    Q:Does your book foreshadow? If so please explain.

    A:In the fourth chapter Mr. Fogg and a group of his club members all came in and discussed that they think the world has gotten smaller because now people can travel to their destination in a few hours so there is a fore-shadow that he will see if he can travel around the wrld in 80 days.

  12. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
    Q.List one event in which your book contains foreshadowing.
    A. In my book the dad says to Jody that he has something that he needs his help with in the morning and tells Jody to go to bed. When Jody leaves to go to bed they all start laughing so that foreshadows that it is a joke.

  13. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    Q. Quote a sentence from the book in which gives you the idea that the author is foreshadowing.
    A. With his fist he struck the wall above the book shelves.”The Gestapo could search for a year,” he said. “They’ll never find this one.”
    Mr. Smitt was a man that helped Corrie and her sister Betsie design “the hiding place” for the Jews. This sentence gave me the idea that the author was foreshadowing that the Germans were going to specifically search that room for Jews.

  14. Island of the Blue Dolphins
    Question:When Ramo told his sister he forgot his fishing spear.How does that foreshadow something bad is going to happen.
    Answer:The book is foreshadowing that Ramo might go back for his spear.

  15. Cannery Row by John Steinback

    Q.What can you use from the book to foreshadow that Horace is going to kill himself.

    A.When Horace comes into the store and asks if he could give Lee Chong some of his property to clear up the dept he owes to him. He also says that he doesn’t want the dept to be left for his children to pay.

    • Coop: You’re still not using the word “foreshadow” correctly. Foreshadowing is something an AUTHOR does, not something a READER does. You still haven’t been given credit for this one.

      Please look over some of the other students’ journals–the ones that got a “good job” from me–and maybe that will help. Try again.

    • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
      Q. How does the author foreshadow that Horace is going to kill himself.
      A.A.When Horace comes into the store and asks if he could give Lee Chong some of his property to clear up the dept he owes to him. He also says that he doesn’t want the dept to be left for his children to pay.

  16. Othello by Julius Lester

    Q: Explain events that take place between Othello and Desdemona, then explain what you think will happen towards the end of the book, and tell why.

    A: The events that take place between Othello and Desdemona are things that show their strong feelings toward each other. What I think will happen toward the end of the book, is that one of them/ possibly both will pass away, or they will be seperated by force then eventually will end up never seeing each other again. I beleive that events to that occasion will happen because the author has put in a lot of things that show that Othello and Desdemona love each other. The author would not put that in as much if there was nothing that was going to happen later.

    • Matthew, you have not used the word “foreshadow” anywhere in your question or response. Please review the concept by using the link provided, then re-do your question/answer, so you’ll receive credit.

      • Othello by Julius Lester

        Q: Give examples from the book that foreshadows Othello is loved/ praised by others.

        A: 1. “Hail, Othello!” someone cried.
        2. “Hail, Othello!” everyone in the Great hall shouted in response.

        I Think I did this journal correctly, but I’m still a little confused about this whole concept of foreshadowing.

      • No, Matt, you’re still not quite there yet. Foreshadowing is when the author makes it REALLY OBVIOUS that something is going to happen. Hailing someone doesn’t count. It’s the loaded gun that you just KNOW is going to go off, or the hidden object that you’re CERTAIN someone will eventually find, or the seafaring man with one leg you’re pretty sure is a bad guy, even though he seems nice (enter Long John Silver).

        So Matt, still no points for this one until you get it right. Sorry! 😦

      • Othello by Julius Lester

        Q: Give examples that the author foreshadows that something bad/death will happen at the dinner.

        A: When Desdemona entered at the far end of the hall, she stood wearing a long dress of black velvet. This dress was cut low and was clinched tightly at her waist.
        Most people only wear black at funerals, she entered wearing black at the Great Hall were many people are at drinking. So it could foreshadow that death or something else bad will occur at the dinner.

  17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    Q: Use a statement from the book that foreshadows that Helen is ill and dying.
    A: “How are you tonight, Helen? Have you coughed much today? How is the pain in your chest?” At the end of the chapter Helen becomes very ill and later dies.

  18. I’m reading Emma by Jane Austen.

    Q: Harriet Smith seems to already be crushing on Mr. Robert Martin of Abbey-Mill Farm, but Emma seems determined to squash Harriet’s crush. If this is foreshadowing future events in the book, predict how Mr. Martin might mess up Emma’s plans.
    A: Well, I’ve seen the movie, but it was a long time ago. So I don’t really remember how Mr. Martin messes things up. But you can’t really help who you fall for, and I think it’s pretty obvious that Harriet likes Mr. Martin. So why is Emma stirring up trouble between them? Let’s say the book turns out to be different from the movie (or maybe I just don’t remember how the movie goes), then it would be kind of cool if Mr. Martin punched Mr. Elton in the face for messing with his girl.

    • I’ve read a little farther since I made this comment. Now I know that Mr. Martin proposes to Harriet and she rejects him, which means I was right about Mr. Martin. The fact that Harriet is crushing on him is kind of foreshadowing, because later, when he proposes, and Emma Woodhouse tells her to reject Mr. Martin, then Harriet feels really bad. I think the fact that she talks about Mr. Martin like she’s crushing on him is foreshadowing that eventually they’re going to get married. Even though Emma is stirring up trouble between them right now, I still think that’s where the story is going. The author is trying to foreshadow a true love/marriage thing between them.

  19. Roots by Alex Haley
    Q. What fore-shadows Kunta as being the main character and having the book have to do with slavery?
    A. This fore-shadows that Kunta will probably be a slave by the middle of the book.

    • Roots by Alex Haley.
      Q. Predict what will happen since the author fore-shadowed that other people are being taken from other villages.
      A. I predict that Kunta will also be taken from his village because people from villages around him are being taken.

  20. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

    Question: Foreshadow or predict where the family will set up a more stable living area and how they will make it.

    Answer: With how smart the father is and how well he thinks he will probably find either a cave or a tree that they could fortify well against animals. Just getting the raw materials will be very hard. I foreshadow that they will use the materials from the ship to build a strong and fortified living place.

    • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

      Question: Foreshadow where the family will set up a more stable living area and how they will make it.

      Answer: With how smart the father is and how well he thinks he will probably find either a cave or a tree that they could fortify well against animals. Just getting the raw materials will be very hard. I foreshadow that they will use the materials from the ship to build a strong and fortified living place.

      • A reader cannot foreshadow something. Only an author can foreshadow. Readers can predict, but that’s a different concept from foreshadow.

        If you want credit for this, you must re-do it.

    • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

      Question: How does the author foreshadow that the family is going to move and live in a different spot?

      Answer: When the mother says that it is too hot to live and that it is not the best protection the author foreshadows that the mother wants to move.

  21. Cannery Row by John Steinback
    Q. So far two characters in the story have commited suicide. Forshadow how this will affect later events in the story.
    A. I think that someone will be deeply affected by one or both of the deaths and will get into bad drinking problems.

  22. Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls.
    Q:Does your book foreshadow? If so please explain.

    A:My book does foreshadow.In the beginning he sees dogs and helps a dog. He then begins to tell a story of his childhood and about wanting dogs. This foreshadows that in the future of this book that he will be getting dogs and telling us the adventures of him and his dogs.

    • Your question is acceptable; however I would’ve stated it more like this: Please explain how the protagonist’s flashback about wanting a dog during his childhood forshadows events to come.

      FYI: you got credit for this one.

  23. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Question)Do you think the author has foreshadowed in this book? By this I mean has given hints on what is going to happen in the future?

    Answer) Yes I believe so. In the beggining of the book a rich kid came to town and Tom got into a huge fight with him. I think this rich kid will play a huge role in the book. That’s how my book foreshadowed.

    • Well then Mrs. Sparhawk… how can i make my question delve?? Do you have any tips you can give me to make my questions more to your liking??

      • Here’s a better question:
        What character is Tom terrified of, in the early chapters? How might Tom’s fear foreshadow future encounters with that same character, if, indeed, it is the author’s intention to foreshadow future events?

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