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“The technique of arranging events and information in a narrative in such a way that later events are prepared for or shadowed forth beforehand.”

This literary device is used to build suspense and prepare the reader’s subconscious for the conflict. It also helps the reader believe extraordinary events when they happen. It can be subtle, such as rain in the beginning of a story to suggest something bad is going to happen, or more obvious, such as in the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet”: “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.”


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