Flashback vs. Foreshadowing

By Jaxson

  • Foreshadowing

    Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about the upcoming events.

    A writer may implement foreshadowing in many different ways. Some of these ways include: character dialogues, plot events, and changes in setting. Even the title of a work or a chapter can act as a clue that suggests what is going to happen. Foreshadowing in fiction creates an atmosphere of suspense in a story, so that the readers are interested and want to know more.

    This literary device is generally used to build anticipation in the minds of readers about what might happen next, thus adding dramatic tension to a story. Moreover, foreshadowing can make extraordinary and bizarre events appear credible, some events are predicted in order to make the audience feel anticipated for them.Hints may be about future events, character revelations, and plot twists to create mood, convey theme and building suspense, usually to hint the good events that will likely cross paths or happen to the main character later on.Plot can be delayed by characters or events to give the impression that something momentous will occur to build anticipation and emphasize importance to them, giving the audience a series of questions particularly after cliff hangers.

    This literary device is frequently adapted for use by composers of theatrical music, in the composition of operas, musicals, radio, film, television, gaming, podcast, and internet scores and underscores, and incidental music for spoken theatrical productions.

  • Flashback (noun)

    A dramatic device in which an earlier event is inserted into the normal chronological flow of a narrative.


  • Flashback (noun)

    A vivid mental image of a past trauma, especially one that recurs.


  • Flashback (noun)

    A similar recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug.

  • Flashback (noun)

    The condition of the flame propagating down the hose of an oxy-fuel welding system.

  • Flashback (noun)

    A query that operates against data from an earlier time, before it was changed.

  • Flashback (verb)

    To undergo a flashback; to experience a vivid mental image from the past.

  • Foreshadowing (noun)

    A literary device whereby an author drops hints or symbolic representations of plot developments to come later in the story.

    “The roses blooming before Rose herself bloomed was excellent foreshadowing.”


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