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What are examples of foreshadowing in Romeo and Juliet, specifically act 1 scenes 1-5? Could you explain why?

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Foreshadowing is a literary device that hints at or indicates a later plot point. So in Act 1, Scene 1, an example of foreshadowing would be when Tybalt draws his sword at the Montagues and declares his hatred for them. This foreshadows his duel with Romeo in Act 3, Scene 1, which ends tragically. Juliet, in asking the Nurse who Romeo is, says: “My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” (line 135) This is another example of foreshadowing as it links the concepts of her marriage and death, and hints at her untimely end.

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