Discuss foregrounding as a major stylistic device amongst creative writer. give examples.
Foregrounding is used as a major stylistic device by many authors whether that is in plays, novels, short stories or long poems. One of the most illustrative (if a little brash) examples of the use of foregrounding in the short story genre is in the story 'The Scarlet Ibis.' In this story, a stricken bird lands in a tree in a family's yard while the people are having lunch. It is a hot day and gradually the bird slumps, collapses and falls through the branches to the ground in a heap. It's gangly legs and reddish color foreshadow the manner in which the little disabled son will die (perhaps of heart failure or exhaustion) later on, his legs and heart similarly depicted.
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