The Monkeys Paw Essay

824 words - 4 pages

Preston O'Brien-Shulman
Mr. Caldwell
November 3, 2013
English 1, Period 5
The Monkeys Paw
1. The scariest part of "The Monkeys Paw" is when there is a knock on the front door.
There is no insight to who is actually knocking on door, so the suspense brings a lot
of fear to the reader.
2. The Whites were skeptic of the myth of the monkeys paw at first. Mr. White says "And
what is special there about it?". Also Mrs. White says "How could wishes be granted
in these days?". But by the end of the story Mr. White is terrified of the monkeys paw
and doesn't want to use the rest of his wishes. And on the other hand, Mrs. White
wants Mr. White to use it to bring her son back to life, so this shows that she is
confident that all the wishes will be granted.
3. The even that fulfills Mr. Whites wish is quite tragic and does indeed grant his wish, ...view middle of the document...

4. Mr. White says "I wish for 200 pounds." He never clarifies how he wants the money to
come. The strength of the wish is that he will receive 200 pounds, but the weakness
is that he does not say how he wants to get the money. If he said "I want to win the
lottery and receive 200 pounds with no harm to anyone" maybe the wish could have
had less consequences. I don't believe that any wish is foolproof though. I think that
the whole point of it, was to bring harm to the people. The general said that the whole
point of its creation was to show "that fate does rule peoples worlds."
5. I do believe in his theories. I believe strongly in his second theory because the first
story that the general told ended up in death of the man using his wishes. Also when
Mr. White uses the paw it causes his sons death. Which also proves his first theory
that fate ruled peoples lives. There was nothing that Herbert could have done, so it
was his fate that the monkeys paw would have killed him.
6. In the exposition we hear of the creator of the monkey paw and why it came to be.
We know that Fakir made the paw too show two theories, one that fate rules your
world, and two that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrows. In addition to
that we hear of one previous encounter with the paw and we see the grim outcome of
it.
7. The events leading up to the climax are; when we see the family think of their first
wish, When we hear that Herbert has passed away in a accident at work, and lastly
when Mrs. White begs Mr. White to wish for her son to be brought back to life. The
story reaches its climax when the Father finally wishes to bring his son back to life.
When this wish was said there was an immediate result, we hear of the door having
rapid locks then finally when it stops the door is broken down and then the story ends.

8. The foreshadow of the first wish is when his son says "well I don't see the money,"
and "and I bet i never shall." This is foreshadowing that he will die before his family
receives the money.

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