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Foreshadowing in Shakespeare
An explanation of the use of foreshadowing by Shakespeare in his plays.
# 50237 | 2,815 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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This paper explains that many writers, and especially William Shakespeare, make use of foreshadowing in their work, which shows elements early in the play that subtly predict the future direction of the plot. The writer offers a number of examples of this type of writing, including "King Lear", "Hamlet", and "Much Ado About Nothing". The writer also explains the difference between explicit and implicit foreshadowing techniques.

From the Paper:

"Old Hamlet is a foreshadowing of young Hamlet's fate in more ways than one. Additionally one sees that King Hamlet is dressed in the outfit that he wore when he challenged the old King Fortinbras to a one-on-one duel in which Fortinbras was killed. He is caught, dead, at a moment of honorable dueling that will decide the fate of Denmark and Fortinbras? lands as well. Not coincidentally, this play will end when young Hamlet undertakes a one on one duel in which he will meet his death -- and young Fortinbras will take the country. A great circle is thus completed from the beginning of this play to the end, with the play opening and closing with a duel to the death and the transfer of lands from the hands of Fortinbras to the hands of Hamlet and vice versa."

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