Main Foregone Conclusion Discussion

Collapse/Expand Topics

02:59:55 PM Jul 6th 2014
edited by
Everyone who knows even the most basic version of the story of Al Capone knows that he's eventually going to be arrested for income tax fraud; does this count as a Foregone Conclusion for The Untouchables? (which is about the hunt for Al Capone if you don't know the film) Also posted the same question on the discussion for The Untouchables because I didn't know where to put it.
07:39:05 PM Feb 3rd 2014
Real Life section removed per discussion and vote on the Real Live Section Maintenance thread.
07:00:02 PM May 7th 2013
What about John Larroquette's voice-over, with those shrill photo-flash noises, that opens both the 1974 & 2003 iterations of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'?

My not-that-smartphone can't cope with the edit page—could someone please add Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the examples? I'll… I'll, um, do your homework?
03:38:35 PM Dec 8th 2012
edited by Jaqen
Literature: Sub Verted in ''Biography Of A Space Tyrant by Piers Anthony. The story is told in First Person Narrative style. Near the final pages of the final book, the Hero is dying. WTF? How is this even possible? The Reveal is the Literary Editor saying that the final chapter was in the hero's daughter's handwriting and she was telepathic..
08:28:59 PM Apr 18th 2010
I deleted the section on Shakespeare alleged use of "foregone conclusion". Even if he did use it that way, it doesn't match modern English. There seems to be some confusion between "foregone" and "forgone".
10:28:06 AM Feb 16th 2012
edited by Theogrin
I really have to suggest that Shakespeare's plays are not only examples of that, but evocative of a sort of literary measure during that time. The audience knew, full well, how these plays were supposed to end - in a very Genre Savvy manner, almost akin to regular purveyors of this wiki, and expected these conclusions; they simply were drawn by the directors and actors who, in performing his plays, decided to play these parts in stunningly different ways. Whether or not Shakespeare intended this in his plays is a question for the ages, but I suspect he left a number of intrinsically questionable lines not only for the benefit of his performers, but also to the detriment of his critics. After all, how many playwrights do the same, these days?

On consideration, anyway, I'm afraid I have to disagree fully, though I shan't add any cases at this point. These stories are, well, 'Tales as Old as Time', to quote a rather familiar Disney song, thus illustrating — well... pretty much the whole point of TV Tropes. Shakespeare knew full well that his audiences were aware of how Greek Tragedies ended, and IMO, he worked these into his plays to a degree that few other playwrights have managed.
Collapse/Expand Topics