English II H
20 August 2010 Foreshadowing in 1984
Foreshadowing: the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in a novel. Foreshadowing is often used to predict death or fortune and can be valuable for the reader's comprehension. In the novel 1984, George Orwell depicts a utopian society and a totalitarian government. Society is at constant war and freedom is crumbling. Death is everywhere along with poverty, and censorship. One can neither write their thoughts nor talk criticize the government. In his novel, George Orwell foreshadows death and decay of society to illustrate the theme of fate.
Foreshadowing is used early in the novel. One of the first examples of foreshadowing is when Winston Smith starts a diary. Just by writing his thoughts, he is committing thoughtcrime. Thoughtcrime is the thinking poorly of the modern government, called The Party. Winston knows that he will be caught and killed eventually for writing in his diary. Because of this, he is hesitant, but once he starts his fate is sealed and death is the only option: “Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime” (Orwell 19). The moment he opens the diary he can not turn back. He will be caught and vaporized. However, Winston has no intention to stop writing because he hopes someone will find his diary someday and use it to overthrow the Party. Winston tries to defy the fate of humanity by rising up against the Party. He hopes that one day he will spark a revolution and become a martyr.
Winston's death is foreshadowed again later in the novel. Winston knows he will be caught and wiped off the face of the earth. Winston believes that the only possible way to prolong death is to...