1984

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Prediction, Foreshadowing, and Conclusion
In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, many hints of foreshadowing are given. One of which happens in the very beginning of the book when George Orwell states, “It was partly the unusual geography of the room that had suggested to him the thing that he was now about to do. But it had been suggested by the book that he had just taken out of the drawer” (6). Earlier in the chapter, the book described with a red back. The color red symbolizes danger and is a sign of a rebel. The fact that the red part of the book is the back, suggests a rebel without a cause. From these clues, I predicted that the book will influence Winston into doing prohibited actions and activities, eventually causing him to become a rebel. Another example of foreshadowing is when Mr. Charrington teaches Winston the ending of an old rhyme that went, “… Here comes a candle to light you to bed, Here comes a chopper to chop off your head” (98). Winston believes that people’s memories is the only truth that still exists, thus he is strongly attracted to this old quote. A candle is bright, it makes people and objects visible when there is no other light. However, in this rhyme, the candle is leading the person to bed, in which one sleeps, and whose mind and feelings shut down. Once the candle has set up the person, the chopper will come and make the person go to sleep, forever. Thus, I predicted that this rhyme is representative of Winston’s arrest or death. The last place where I saw that George Orwell gives hints of foreshadowing is when Julia outlines the route that Winston has to follow to get where she said to meet her. Orwell describes Julia’s directions “With a sort of military precision that astonished him…” (1115). By comparing Julia’s directions to that of military troops’, Orwell implies that they are extremely detailed and known to her by heart. Another clue that is given that indicates how Julia has gone to that spot many times before is when she

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