Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature or film. Sometimes a foreshadow, or hint, can be more obvious and than others. It can be very broad and easily understood, or it may be complex use of symbols, that are then connected to later turns in the plot. Sometimes an author may deliberately use false hints, called red herrings, to send readers or viewers off in the wrong direction. This is particularly the case with mystery writers, who want to bury clues to a mystery in information that is partially true and partially false.