Examples Of Foreshadowing Death In The Story Of An Hour

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” (Macbeth 4.1.44-45). Foreshadowing is an indication, typically in storytelling, which allows the reader to subliminally predict what will happen later on in the aforesaid text. More importantly, it is considered a warning. Some particular stories may throw their readers off with red herrings, but foreshadowing can be a vital and successful narrative element if used correctly. In the short story by Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour,” foreshadowing death is a fundamental component from the plot’s beginning in relation to its end. Mrs. Mallard’s hapless doom can be predicted by evaluating the very first sentence. Similar to Peter Meinke’s “The Cranes,” we can presume what will happen to the unnamed couple with the help of suspenseful forewarnings. Both stories foreshadow their main characters’ death, by providing the reader hints using various literary devices and elements. In Kate Chopin’s, “The Story of an Hour,” we are subliminally given the idea…show more content…
“Along the marshy shore, two tall and stately birds, starring across the gulf,” (Meinke 196). The cranes serve as an archetype throughout the short story, symbolizing the old couple and their abiding relationship. (“Contemporary Author’s Online” 242). The cranes are almost mimicking the couple; they are blankly staring across the water, patiently waiting for their deliberate death. The reader can find multiple instances throughout the text that some unsuspected affair will follow. “Maybe this is the wrong thing.” (Meinke 196). What is wrong? What is the couple going to do in the car they are
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