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What are examples of foreshadowing in the short story, "The Monkey's Paw?"

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tdglee | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM via web

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What are examples of foreshadowing in the short story, "The Monkey's Paw?"

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In the short story "The Monkey's Paw," several examples of foreshadowing come to mind. The family is playing a game at night with little light waiting for an old soldier friend of the father.  With little light the room is dark and rather somber rather than light filled and cheery.  When the man arrives, the discussions are quiet and dinner rather brief.  When the topic of the monkey's paw begins, the soldier warns the family of dire consequences which have happened to anyone  who used the paw for the three wishes.  The soldier explains that, even though the wishes come true, they are accomplished by some horrible twist in the wish.  When the paw is left with the family as the soldier leaves, he reminds the family that he cannot be blamed for what happens as he has told them of the danger the paw brings.  When the first wish comes true with the death of the son, the reader can see that this will all end badly.

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