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The Use Of Foreshadowing In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

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The Use of Foreshadowing in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein"But I forget I am moralizing in the most interesting part of my tale; and your looks remind me to proceed." (33) Foreshadowing is an important part of any novel. It can be use to heighten suspense because as a reader is going through a novel the foreshadowing is telling them that something bad is about to happen and it is their job to follow the clues and try to guess what it is. Through out the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, the three main narrators Victor, the Monster, and Walter, each use foreshadowing. Each of the narrators uses foreshadowing in a different way. Some of the narrators like victor are much more obvious in their hints as to what is going to happen than others."If the Study to which you apply yourself had a tendency to weaken your affections , and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful,"(33). In this quote Victor is speaking about how if something you are doing takes up all your free time and makes you neglect the other aspects of your life it certainly cannot be good. In this quote Victor is also foreshadowing the completion of his monster and the effect it will have on his life. This is an example of the most blatant foreshadowing in the novel; this book was written as if Victor was relating it out loud to William. As a result of this most of the foreshadowing victor does is extremely blatant because when a person is telling a story it is hard for them to keep from foreshadowing the ending through there body language, tone, or the way they tell the story. Because Shelly could not convey tone or body language through written words she had to make the foreshadowing victor does much more blatant to keep the suspense of the...

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