Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is the presentation of material in a work in such a way that later events are prepared for. Foreshadowing can establish mood or atmosphere, the appearance of objeblasted treects or facts, or even the revelation of an important or decisive character trait. The purpose of foreshadowing is to prepare the reader or viewer for action to come.

The blasted tree in Frankenstein Chapter II page 36 is an example of foreshadowing. Frankenstein is enlightened at this moment with the power of electricity. It is a hint or foreshadowing of what it to come. Later in the novel, Frankenstein describes himself as a “blasted tree” (p.143) and “blasted and miserable” (p.168). The blasted tree is not only foreshadowing of what is to come, but develops into a symbol of his regret and the consequences of his knowledge.
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