Essay Writing Guide for W.W. Jacob's The Monkey's Paw Question: Discuss the theme of W.W. Jacob's "The Monkey's Paw," being sure to utilize examples of foreshadowing, symbolism, and situational irony. Step #1 Restate the question into a topic sentence. Step #2 Locate in the story specific quotes that will serve as your examples or proofs of foreshadowing, symbolism, and situational irony. Step #3 Begin writing your response or essay by making a statement like this: Jacobs uses foreshadowing in a couple of places early on in his story that contribute to the ironic ending. For example, " . . . . . . " Step #4 Continue what you are doing in step #3 as you work your way through proving your understanding of foreshadowing, symbolism, and situational irony in this specific short story. Step #5 Write a conclusion that wraps up the author's overall theme. Step #6 Read the story aloud to yourself, making sure you have written good sentences with correct punctuation and quotes.