What are six elements of foreshadowing in chapters 21 and 22 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?I understand what foreshadowing is.

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Below are examples of foreshadowing from Chapters 21 & 22 from To Kill a Mockingbird:

  • Jem asks Atticus if he thinks the jury "will acquit him that fast?" Atticus "opened his mouth to answer, but shut it and left us." Atticus' refusal to answer Jem shows his acceptance of the eventual guilty verdict.
  • Reverend Sykes tells Jem that he "ain't ever seen any jury decide in the favor of a colored man over a white man." This dose of reality does not bode well for the final verdict.
  • Scout suddenly felt "an impression that was creeping into me," and she "shivered, though the night was hot." Scout does not seem to understand it herself, but it could not have been a feeling to signify good fortune.
  • Scout noted that a jury "never looks at a defendant it has convicted... and not one of them looked at Tom Robinson." Harper Lee gives Scout the knowledge of the final verdict just moments before the jury is polled, and she passes on her knowledge to the reader.
  • Bob Ewell spits in Atticus' face and tells him that "he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." This foreshadowing works in several ways. First, Ewell does get back at Atticus when he attacks the children. Secondly, it does cost Bob his life. 
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