What are some elements of foreshadowing in "The Monkey's Paw"?

An element of foreshadowing in "The Monkey's Paw" occurs when Sergeant-Major Morris warns the Whites about the dangerous power that the monkey's paw has to bring back luck to everyone who owns it. Unfortunately, the Whites ignore Morris's warnings and use the monkey's paw anyway with disastrous consequences.

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A great example of foreshadowing comes early on in the story when Sergeant-Major Morris consigns the monkey's paw to the fire. He's been telling the Whites about the malevolent power that this strange object has and about its magical properties that have brought nothing but bad luck to everyone who's ever come into possession of it. Unfortunately for Morris, the Whites don't pay any attention to his warnings; they seem to think that the monkey's paw is all just a load of mumbo-jumbo, nothing more than a bit of harmless fun.

Sensing that he's piqued the Whites' curiosity, and not in a good way, and that he's failed to convince them of the dangerous consequences of using the monkey's paw, Sergeant-Major Morris tries a more direct approach. He throws the paw onto the fire in the hope that this evil talisman will be destroyed once and for all. Tragically for the Whites, Mr. White retrieves the charred but still intact monkey's paw. He and his family are going to have some fun with it. (Or so...

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