Foreshadowing predicts an ending. It also can presage a beginning, and one heck of a journey.
Putting the “shadow” in “foreshadowing” seems to lend its prescient powers to the darker side.
“Shade”–despite its negative “shady” variations–conjures a respite from an overly sunny day (a particular boon to someone who, like I, still burns bright red notwithstanding liberal application of 3-digit SPF sunscreen).
When I hear the word “shadow,” however, I tend to think much darker thoughts. Involuntarily, it calls to mind the dark side of human nature: my mother implanted in my subconscious the phrase: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.”
Prosecutors are among those who know that side of human nature as well.
To me “shadow” represents not only a darker shade cast into light, but the horror and shock of unexpected shadows on a CAT scan.
But nothing about the definition of “foreshadowing” is inherently weighted towards darkness. Foreshadowing can be fortuitous as well, containing the hint or the overwhelming possibility of a happy ending, or an entire happy lifetime.
I just attended the wedding of a young man I’ve known since his birth, the first son of a boyhood friend of Jim’s. He married a beautiful and sunny young woman whom he dubbed “Sunshine.”
It is, after all, sunshine that creates shadows.
In their honor I am changing my view of “foreshadowing” to the sunny side.