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What are some examples of foreshadowing in the story, "Everything that Rises Must Converge"?

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The most obvious example of foreshadowing is the hat the mother buys for seven dollars. Even though she has second thoughts about it, the sales lady convinces her to buy because "at least you won't meet yourself coming and going," meaning that it is unlikely that anyone else would have such a hat. Of course, this means that she will most definitely encounter someone with the same hat, as she does on the bus.

Another moment that foreshadows the end of the story is when the son fantasizes about bringing home a "distinguished Negro professor" to spend the evening, but realizes the event would likely cause his mother to have a stroke. As it turns out, the mother does have a stroke. The stroke is not because of anything the son says, but because she meets her black double, the woman wearing the same hat.

In fact, Julian and his mother share a common sense of destiny, although their attitudes towards life might be different. When the mother chastises the son for removing his tie, she is reacting...

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