Foreshadowing in The Monkeys Paw Foreshadowing is a literacy device that involves the employment of utilization to clue the reader in on the ending. W.W. Jacobs employs foreshadowing in “The Monkeys Paw” to forewarn his readers of the horror at the end of the short story.
Events in The Monkeys Paw lead you on to predict about the upcoming events. These events are foreshadowing. An example of foreshadowing is when the father and son are playing a game of chess. The father shows by his moves that he is a careless risk taker. That clues in what may happen in the future. Another example is when the old man attempts to burn the paw. The father saves it though, so its terror isn’t at an end.
As the story progresses, foreshadowing can still be found. Such as when Herbert states that he will never see the 200 pounds. (“Well I don’t see the money,” said his son as he picked it up and placed it on the table, “and I bet I never shall.”) Page 49. Stories that contain foreshadowing are usually more interesting than ordinary stories. That is one aspect of The Monkeys Paw that makes it a great story.
W.W. Jacobs employs foreshadowing so that the reader will accept the resurrection of Herbert. With out the clues that comprise foreshadowing the horror at the end seems too unreal to be true.
By: Allen Howard