Foreshadowing is used in many of Charles Dickens’ novels. It can bring about a sense of wonder and imagination of what might occur later in the novel. The conceopt of foreshadowing means to present a warning sign, or hint beforehand. Dickens is able to use this concept in three examples. The threatening footsteps in the Manette home, Gaspard’s illustration of “blood,” and Mr. Lorry’s dream of brinnging a man back to life, are all examples of warning or foreshadowing. that Dickens’ uses in his novel A Tale of Two Cities.
Lucie Manette hears uncomforing footsteps in her home in Soho, which is the first example of foreshadowing. The steps that she ususually heard always represented people who came in and out of her life. Yet, the night before the French Revolution began she heard “Headlong, mad, and dangerous footsteps” (198).
These noises which she heard made her uneasy and she questioned her guests “They are veyr numetrous, and very loud, though, are tthey not?” (197). Lucie had been fearful of the safety of her guests on such a cautious night “I am quite glad you are at home, for these hurries and forebodings by which I haveen surrounded all day long have made me nervous without reason? (197). The fear within Lucie Manette on that tevening foreshadowed the threat of aa revolution. The footsteps are the first example of foreshadowing.
Gaspard wrote outside of the winehsop with the spilled wine “blood,” which is the second example of foreshadowing. ” The fellow pointed to his joke with immense significacance” (27). Defarge quickly took mud and smeared it over, for the idea of revolution was fresh in everyone’s mind “For, the time was to come, when the gaunt scarecrows of that region should have watched the lamplighter, in their idleness and hunger, so long, as to conceive the idea of improving on his method, and hauling up men by those ropes and pulleys, to flare upon the darkness of their condition” (27). The whole town took warning and “Every wind that blew over France shook.