The Role Of Foreshadowing In Oedipus The — страница 2

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Figaro? has one obvious prophetic scene, where Figaro says ?Look to the day?s work, Master Figaro! First bring forward the hour of your wedding to make sure of the ceremony taking place, head off Marceline who?s so deucedly fond of you, pocket the money and the presents, thwart His Lordship?s little game, give Master Bazile good thrashing, …? This scene of foresight was not the same as the two previously cited examples. It is used twofold, first, and most obviously, it is used as comic relief, but second, and more importantly, it is used to show the almost impossible odds that Figaro overcome at the out right beginning of the story. Without the foreshadowing, the audience would be in the dark as to Figaro?s plans, and an major irony of the story would be missing. That irony is

that all of Figaro?s carefully thought-out plans failed him when it was important, but despite it all, he still managed to come out carrying out all the plans which he carefully laid out at the start. For instance, Figaro tried to stop Marceline from marrying him. Despite his best arguments, he was given the choice of paying several hundred gold pieces or be married off to Marceline without a choice. His entire plan of stretching the law to his aims failed. However, an act of pure chance saved him from the unwanted marriage when Marceline recognized Figaro to be her son. This all goes to say that while the plans of Figaro may have failed him, his `vision? of the day, so to speak, was still correct. Another scene in `The Marriage of Figaro? which may be considered foretelling the

future was when Bartholo said ?…what mortal, abandoned of gods and women, could… it be?? when he was talking to Marceline about finding a man to marry her. The statement is dripping with foresight. Bartholo had little love for Figaro, and his discovery that Figaro was his son was not a comfortable realization. As such, he might have been considered `abandoned of gods?, as he was given a harsh `punishment? by `God?, and was not helped nor given any escape routes. He was forced to admit parenthood someone he loathed. This line was highly ironic, because later on, Bartholo married Marceline, after he was `abandoned by god? so to speak by finding out that Figaro was his son. If one was to take a look at the scenes of foreshadowing in both plays, there are obviously some

different, as the above examples show, mainly due to the fact that `Oedipus the King? was a tragedy, and `The Marriage of Figaro? was a comedy. However, there was one similarity that was found throughout, mainly that foreshadowing led to the major events of the story, which caused major changes in the lives of characters, such as the gouging of Oedipus? eyes, the marriage of Bartholo to Marceline, so as to allow Figaro go get married, etc… This suggests that foreshadowing is generally used only when a major impact is about to be made, so foreshadowing is a sign of something important yet to come. In conclusion, dramatic foreshadowing is one of the most important parts of both plays. Oedipus could not have even started if it was not for the first prophecy given by Apollo, and

`The Marriage of Figaro? would have lost one of its most sweetest ironies. Most importantly, it gives a taste of things to come, which in a good play, should be enough to keep an audience listening.