Give example(s) of Foreshadowing in the novel, "Green Days by the River".Foreshadow means to "show in advance" and in the novel, specific incidents/events may be presented but seem to have no real...

Give example(s) of Foreshadowing in the novel, "Green Days by the River".

Foreshadow means to "show in advance" and in the novel, specific incidents/events may be presented but seem to have no real connection or importance to character or plot. It is only as the story/drama progressess, a significant detail is given and the reader recognizes that the previous, seemingly unimportant incident, was setting the stage for a key development in the story/drama. Hence, the technique the writer uses to alert the reader and to provide a parallel to a  significant detail which appears later in the literary work, is known as Forshadowing. 

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Do you recall in Chapter 1 when Shell meets the three boys under the cashew tree? They were trying to pelt a ripe, jucy-looking cashew but failed in their attempt. The cashew was likened to Rosalie when Len says to Joe, "That's a nice, ripe, sweet darling. But it hard. Like your girlfriend. Nice and sweet but no easy picking.' (P.12). At the start of Chapter 2, Shell revisits the tree and begins to pelt at the same cashwe. With the second shot he "cut the stem cleanly with a flying stone and the cashew came tumbling through the leaves". Failing to get under it quickly to catch it before it hit the ground, the cashew bashed on the ground and was of no use.

This isolated incident seems unimportant but soon forshadows a key development in the plot. All the boys are smitten by Rosalie's beauty-even Len, who teases Joe. She seems to be symbolically hard to win over but it is Shell who manages to have a secret sexual encounter with her- an action that has serious consequences for Shell. Part of Shell's disappointment after hitting the cashew from the tree, is that none of the boys were there to see him do so. Likewise, his subsequent sexual encounter with Rosalie is something unknown to the other characters in the story. Michael Anthony suggests, however, that Mr Gidharee later knew of the encounter and teaches Shell a brutal lesson in the end.

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