Foreshadowing in “The Story of an Hour” - Teacher Definition The presentation of details, characters, or incidents in a narrative in such a way that later events are prepared for (or "shadowed forth"). In other words, when the author gives hints or clues about what is going to happen, and then later in the story it does happen. Note: Foreshadowing is NOT a direct statement about what is coming. Task: Identify examples of foreshadowing in “The Story of an Hour” and explain why they are foreshadowing. Remember to cite all of your quotes properly. Quote “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.” Reason Mentioning the heart condition is only necessary if it will later be relevant to the story. Something is going to happen to Mrs. Mallard’s heart later in the story. -Opening line “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air.” -paragraph 9 This lets us know that something exciting is going to happen soon, but we don’t know what it is yet. Mrs. Mallard is having a premonition.