Foreshadowing In W. Jacobs The Monkey's Paw

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The Evil Wish It is common to say or do things without thinking twice about the outcome. For example, a young and clueless teenager decides to ditch school to hang out with a few friends but ends up getting caught and suspended instead. In the case of the White’s family, matters were different. Mr.White, an old and naive man, is one of the main character’s in the short horror story “The Monkey’s Paw” written by W.W. Jacobs. Along with his loving wife, Mrs.White and their son Herbert, the family bonded well and at first did not seem to be distant from each other. The story was full of life lessons that are useful in today’s world, even though it was published in the 19th century. Jacobs uses foreshadowing throughout “The Monkey’s Paw” to prove that ignorance can cause people to make poor decisions; his use of suspenseful tone and dark mood show that those decisions will lead to bad consequences controlled by fate. The constant state of ignorance with the White’s family created poor decisions in which the use of foreshadowing subtly hinted. In the beginning of the story, Sergeant-Major Morris, firmly told the White’s family about the danger of the monkey’s paw. Not only did the sergeant attempt to escape…show more content…
For every single careless action, there is the possibility for disaster. With every single word that someone mindlessly says out loud, there is the chance of regret. This world has gone through so much hardship such as countries being torn apart and cities full of crime because people don’t want to change. Nothing really stops the human race from making mistakes; of course, parents and elders give children warnings and advice as they grow older, “don’t drink and drive” or “always spend your money wisely”. Although, some people simply choose not to follow the warnings and advice. They don’t care to listen to because they don't realize how scary the consequences of their ignorance can be, just until it happens to

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