Foreshadowing In Gilgamesh

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Literature can be traced back all the way to Mesopotamia: third millennium BC, where the world’s first two earliest works of literature can be found known as Enuma Elish and Epic of Gilgamesh (HISTORY OF LITERATURE). The Epic of Gilgamesh is known as one of the oldest epic poems that is a compilation of a king from the Mesopotamian city of Uruk that did several exploits, features the list of Sumerian kings that ruled in about 2700 BC (HISTORY OF LITERATURE). Reading on a daily basis in comparison to the 21st century, one reads literature like something very normal and ordinary reading everywhere one goes. It is completely different from back then as not everyone was thought how to read and write, only some fortunate people knew how to read…show more content…
Hints are given throughout the story that help the reader infer what is about to happen or to simply leave the reader thinking of an ending when the story finishes without a comprehensive ending. Another reason foreshadowing is important is because authors use it to create suspense and making the reader feel prepared for what is about to happen. Sometimes false information is given so it can mislead the reader by collecting the wrong information and making a whole different scenario in their mind. That way when the scene they have sketch in their mind all along comes up and is totally different then what they imagined, it keeps the reader engaged in the story trying to analyze why it happened the way it did. A great story to use as an example for this type of literary device would be “The Shunammite” by Ines Camelo Arredondo. This short story is very interesting as one cannot imagine the end until one starts getting closer to the ending that you stay in shock! Luisa was extremely nice in giving up her beauty and youth to go live with her uncle to care for him and the inheritance of the family. It was all strange and odd to Luisa as everything happened so fast, she was then married to her uncle Apolonio. Luisa was committed to the agreement she had made to take care of her uncle until his last days but when she thought his end was near the worst thing happened to her. As the reader when Don Apolonio asked her not to call him Uncle Apolonio one automatically starts thinking that is very strange and especially when it is mentioned that he keeps giving her an odd look. As said, “He wanted me to be there all day long, always by his side, seeing to his needs, touching him. And the fixed look and distorted face kept coming back, more and more frequently, growing over his features like a
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