The Monkey's Paw Essay

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Would you want three wishes to be granted to you? You probably said yes, but have you ever thought of anything that could go wrong with your three wishes? In W.W. Jacobs, “The Monkey’s Paw”, the story is about the White family who received a monkey’s paw that allows three wishes to be made. They find out that this monkey’s paw is one big troublemaker that causes havoc and unrest. Overall, “The Monkey’s Paw”, had very distinct and believable characters and a great plot that was fraught with danger and suspense.
One element I like in “The Monkey’s Paw” was it had very distinct characters. For instance, Mrs. White’s unawareness of what’s going to happen really contributes to the outcome of the ...view middle of the document...

Herbert is a smart and young kid; he even beat his dad in a game of chess, but Herbert accumulates a lot of bad karma when he talks about the monkey paw in an unfavorable manner. “I expect you’ll find the cash tied up in a big bag in the middle of your bed (after Mr. White wishes for two hundred pounds).”(189) After Herbert makes this “smart” comment about the paw he ends up getting killed by a piece of machinery. It just shows you be careful what you say or it will come back to bite you. All in all, Mrs. White’s unwariness, Mr. White’s heedless attention, and Herbert’s sarcasm all play a part in the development of the story.
Another element that really stands out in “The Monkey’s Paw” is its very suspenseful plot. For example, the plot has very good conflict and dramatic irony. “The Monkey’s Paw” draws lots of dramatic irony when the White family decides to keep the monkey’s paw after Sergeant Morris had told them not to keep it. “Better let it burn… if you keep it, don’t blame me for what happens. Pitch it in the fire, like a sensible man… I warn you of the consequences.”(187) Sergeant Morris warned the White’s about a thousand times to just get rid of the talisman. This is where all the conflict starts when they take possession of the paw. Another example of the well thought through plot would be the string of events that occur. W.W. Jacobs does a tremendous job of creating events that surprise the reader such as this quote. “I wish for two...

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