How foreshadowing is used in the amazing short story “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”.
In How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy, the author uses foreshadowing to effectively build up suspense in many situations. Pakhom’s dream of himself perishing was essentially his actual fate. As Pakhom was nearing the Bashkirs, thoughts of that dream reoccured. Can Pakhom make it? Without the author’s brilliant use of foreshadowing, this suspense would not have been present.
Another use of foreshadowing that also escalates the ending is the use of the devil. Pakhom said, “Our only trouble is that we haven’t land enough. If I had plenty of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!” As the story continued into his dream, the devil is seen once again. These instances make it suspenseful to the thought that the devil might be seen once more if he couldn’t make it to the finish line.