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Foreshadowing in "The Monkeys Paw" By: W.W. Jacobs
Transcript of Foreshadowing in "The Monkeys Paw" By: W.W. Jacobs
What is foreshadowing?
Foreshadowing is when clues within the text suggest events will occur later in the story.
" 'Hark at the wind,' said Mr. White, who, having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late, was amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing it."
This quote displays foreshadowing because during this event he makes a mistake and doesn't realize it until after its to late. The story opens with this scene of them playing chess, and Mr. Whites mistake he makes in the chess game will parallel the risks and mistakes made, during an event in the story. This hints that later in the story Mr. White will make a more drastic mistake that he also doesn't see until after it is too late. The outcome of the chess game mirrors the outcome in the story.
" 'I wish for two hundred pounds,' said the old man distinctly. A fine crash from the piano greeted the words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man. His wife and son ran toward him. 'It moved,' he cried, with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. 'As I wished, it twisted in my hands like a snake.' '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 91)
In this quote, when Mr. White wishes for two hundred pounds, Herbert says that he doesn't see the money and he bets he never will. This was used to hint at what will happen later in the future, and it might lead the reader to question what Herbert means.
W.W. Jacobs, the author, grew up in a large, poor family who lived in London, England. He grew up around the sea with his brothers and sisters along with his father who worked on the South Devon Wharf, where he spent most of his time. These experiences as a young child led him to write many short stories about docks, ships and men going out to sea.
Although the majority of his work has a humorous tone, "The Monkeys Paw" was on of his darker, less humorous stories. It was his most popular short story of many.
Created by: Gia Schweitzer
The reader is able to make predictions of what could happen later in the story from hints and clues in the text.
Foreshadowing can be used in a subtle text, for example a storm cloud coming to indicate danger.
Why is it important?
Foreshadowing adds dramatic tension to a story by building anticipation about what might happen next. Authors use foreshadowing to create suspense or to convey information that helps readers understand what comes later.