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What are three examples of foreshadowing in 1984?

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Foreshadowing occurs continually in this novel. Three examples of it are Syme's vaporization, O'Brien's grimness when Julia and Winston visit him in his flat, and the mention of the men who frequent The Chestnut Tree Cafe.

Winston, thinking about Syme's inevitable fate, ruminates on the cafe:

There was no law, not even an unwritten law, against frequenting the Chestnut Tree Cafe, yet the place was somehow ill-omened. The old, discredited leaders of the Party had been used to gather there before they were finally purged.

Syme frequents the cafe, which, along with his intellectual curiosity and passion for his dictionary work, foreshadows his disappearance. Syme is too intelligent and freethinking to survive long in Oceania. However, Syme's visits to the cafe, as well as the discredited party leaders, also foreshadow Winston's visits to the cafe after he is released from prison at the end of the novel. Winston remembers having actually seen the old rebels there, and what he says about them is a...

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