The Monkey's Paw

Why does the story start with the father and son playing chess?

Why does the story "The Monkey's Paw" start with the father and son plying chess and what does the fathers tragedy tell us about his personality?

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Mr. White's reckless move while playing chess in the beginning of the story foreshadows the same type of recklessness in his use of the monkey's paw. Thus, the opening scene, which includes the games of chess between father and son, sets the stage for things to come.