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Short Story Literary Terms


Identify the following for “The Monkey’s Paw.”

1. Foreshadowing: [when the author gives a hint or suggestion, earlier


in the story to hint at what is going to happen later in the story]
Give an example of foreshadowing from the story.

2. Fate: [A power beyond one’s control that is believed to decide what


happens; destiny]
Explain how fate plays a role in “The Monkey’s Paw.”

3. Irony: (3 pts.) [a discrepancy between the expected result and


actual results; something happens in the story which is exactly the
opposite of what naturally should happen]
Explain the use of irony in this story. (What situation was ironic?)