OMNIOUS FORESHADOWING – time and change (Tess of the D’Urbervilles and A Thousand Splendid Suns)

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Both authors present the effect of historical and social changes in their respective societies as having a detrimental impact on the lives of their protagonists through the use of ominous foreshadowing. Hardy foreshadows the future of women like Tess to be dismal. Hosseini employs menacing foreshadowing too, although, unlike Hardy, he foreshadows a light at the end of the tunnel as well. This suggests that while Hardy can’t see the future progressing in any way that would benefit countrywomen like Tess, Hosseini can envisage a promising outlook for the women of Afghanistan.



  • Uses foreshadowing to show that even through all the heartbreak, there is still hope for Afghanistan.
  • ‘Afghanistan will need you’ – Laila will have a future and one day be the successful person that everyone always claimed she would become.
  • Another way that Hosseini shows hope is through the parallel structure he uses. With increasing violence, is increasing romance in Laila’s life. Juxtaposition because war is something full of vengeance and violence, while Laila’s relationship with Tariq is pure and tender. Shows that even though the world around them is crumbling, there is hope for their future together.



  • Hardy on the other hand uses foreshadowing in a negative essence.
  • Hardy constantly compares Tess to innocent bird, however he foreshadows that there is no hope for Tess through the hunted flock of pheasants Tess finds.
  • She ‘killed the birds tenderly’ in an attempt to end their suffering, foreshadows that the only way Tess will escape her misery is death.
  • Pheasants been hunted and shot down as a form of entertainment and sport, much like women always sought after and abused.

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