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Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:16 AM via web

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What are two specific instances of foreshadowing in the first chapter entitled "Welcome to Merryweather High,"  in the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Two instances of foreshadowing are Melinda trying to make eye contact with her friends and the Ho-Ho wrapper that is thrown at her.

Foreshadowing is a hint earlier on of something that will happen in the future.  In this case, it also involves hints of future events linked to past events.

The first example of foreshadowing is the feeling Melinda has when she boards the bus.  She is nervous and does not want to be there.  She worries about where to sit. 

…I figure it’s the best chance I have to make eye contact with one of my friends, if any of them have decided to talk to me yet. (ch 1, p. 3)

The key is that she mentions friends, but that they won’t talk to her.  This indicates that something happened.   She describes herself as an outcast.

The second instance is the Ho-Ho wrapper.  It foreshadows the students’ feelings toward her.  They think of her as sexually promiscuous.  They are using the snack cake with the suggestive name to tease her.  This tells us that whatever the incident was, it likely involved sex.

The chapter has only started, and we can already tell it is going to be a rough year, even though we do not entirely know why.

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