There are several other literary devices that pop up at various times
in the story. One of the most prevalent ones is foreshadowing which frequently
presents clues of something that will happen later in the novel. Some
examples of foreshadowing include:
1.) The story of the plane being hijacked from Baskul and never returning
prepares us for Conway's story of Shangri-La.
2.) Rutherford's comment that he has seen strange things in his travels foreshadows the strange story of Shangri-La.
3.) Conway's playing of the Chopin piece prepares us for the lama who........
.........13.) Conway's wisdom, gained as a result of his war experiences,
foreshadows how the High Lama will name him the new High Lama.
Another element that is important to note is irony - when something
happens, or is seen, or is heard that we may know, but the characters
do not, or that appears opposite of what is expected. Some examples of
1.) Just as the travelers finally all agree to the plan to save themselves after the plane crashes, they see coming down a faraway slope the figures of men.
2.) It's ironic that Chang says that he has to take care of himself,
.........10.) The High Lama's predictions for the future are also ironic in that we, who are reading this in 2006, know how the world fell into the worst war in history. Yet James Hilton, the author, is writing this from the year 1933, before the horrors of WWII occurred. He has the same premonition as the character he has created.
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