In The Chrysalids, where are there examples of foreshadowing?

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Well, the most obvious example of foreshadowing in this excellent dystopian novel is the very beginning, where David dreams of the city of Sealand that he finally reaches at the end of the novel. Note how it is described:

When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city - which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was. But this city, clustered on the curve of a big blue bay, would come into my mind. I could see the streets, and the buildings that lined them, the waterfront, even boats in the harbour; yet waking, I had never seen the sea, or a boat...

Flicking to the end of the novel and the last section of the last chapter, David sees this sight in reality, rather than in his dreams. Note that he says:

It was just as I had seen it in my dreams... It was so familiar I almost misgave.

Wyndham therefore effectively foreshadows the happy ending and the safe arrival of David in Sealand by introducing this dream that becomes real at the end of the novel.

There are plenty of other examples that you can look at, especially the way that Sophie is used to show the fate of deviants and also the dream that David has of his father just about to sacrifice Sophie as if she were a mutant calf.

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