Objective: Act 1, Part 1 The opening act of this play sets up the action that will take place as the play unfolds. One way that Wilde sets up the action and draws the audience in is through the use of foreshadowing. There are several instances of foreshadowing in Act 1, Part 1, including the relationships between Lady Chiltern and Mrs. Cheveley and between Mrs. Cheveley and Goring, both of which become important motivators for future action in the play. Other elements of foreshadowing include Mrs. Cheveley's mention to Sir Robert of the Baron and Sir Robert's resulting unease, which foreshadows the blackmail plot, and Mrs. Cheveley's comments regarding Lady Chiltern's receiving of the good behavior prize when they were young, which foreshadows the development of Mrs. Chiltern's character. The objective of this lesson is to define foreshadowing and discuss the elements of foreshadowing in Act 1, Part 1.
1) 1. Define Foreshadowing: Ask the...
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