Foreshadowing In Beyond Lies The Wub By Philip K. Dick

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Foreshadowing is a common literary device used to allude to something to come in a story before it has happened. Foreshadowing in a sense is reading between the lines attempting to understand what the author is trying to convey and often is intertwined with the overarching morale of the story. It can often be detected through character communication and social interaction as it is shown in Philip K. Dick’s short story “Beyond Lies the Wub”. He also uses world-building, the technique of establishing a setting, especially in science fiction novels, that is unique to the novel created by the author. Dick used early character communication between Captain Franco, Optus, and Franco’s crew along with world building to convey foreshadowing of Franco’s…show more content…
Dick immerses his readers into an unknown world from the beginning of the story. He introduces new vocabulary that is only present in the world he has created to allow the reader to reach for an understanding of this society. “Outside stood the Optus, his arms folded, his face sunk in gloom”, “Why not? You people can go out into the veldt and track it all down again”, “It’s a wub”. This language introduced within the first page of the story serves to immerse the reader into the created fictional world. Conflictingly, familiar terms are also used by Philip K. dick to allow the reader to comprehend aspects of his imaginary world by allowing the reader to associate what is in the story with their prior knowledge. Dick uses terms such as Mars and Earth to allow the reader to associate the characters’ location with planets and space giving the story a concrete setting. He also relates the wub to a pig to give readers an image to base the wub’s appearance around. Furthermore, Philip K. Dick uses adjectives and dialogue to describe the unknown vocabulary added into the story and the surroundings of the characters. “the wub twisted, rubbing its skin off on the smooth chrome walls” and “the wub stood sagging, its great body settling slowly”, are both examples of how Dick uses adjectives to create the image intended for the

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