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Stephen Losack Mrs Abott-Frey AP English III 2 October 2000 The Foreshadowing Methods used by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the book The Scarlet Letter Sometimes foreshadowing is used and you dont even realize it Hawthorne has a way of foreshadowing that way In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne uses extreme foreshadowing throughout the entire book As youre reading you begin to think about what the future holds inside the book For instance as youre thinking you begin to recognize clues Hawthorne has left behind to foreshadow the rest of the book You guess what will come of Hester Prynne and her scarlet letter or what will happen to Dimmesdale and as you read on you realize that your assumptions are correct The way Hawthorne foreshadows throughout the book is the subject of this composition In the very first chapter as Hester is exiting and entering the prison Hawthorne refers to the rosebush as to symbolize some sweet moral blossom that may be found along the track or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow46 This in itself foreshadows the affect that the Scarlet Letter had on Hester Prynne and how during her ordeal she found moral peace Also as she took off the letter there was an end to all the pain that had been suffered for that simple moment You also read in the fourth chapter while Chillingworth is giving medicine to Hester that Roger Chillingworth referring to the man on the other side of the Scarlet Letter mentions to Hester He bears no letter of infamy wrought into his garment as thou dost but I shall read it in his heart73 This statement is foreshadowing how Chillingworth will discover who this unknown man is This also makes Hester afraid a feeling that will affect her to some degree throughou t the story These past two examples of foreshadowing are types of direct
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