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Mr. White opens the door to find no one there. and the knocking stops. however. asks her husband to wish Herbert back to life with the paw. Their son is killed by machinery at his company. Reluctantly. White and their adult son Herbert. Mrs. . White. Sergeant-Major Morris. Mr. Mr. he does so. leaves them with the monkey's paw. who used his third and final wish to wish for death. He wishes his third wish. Mrs. there is a knock at the door. White knows. as his appearance will be too horrific. After a delay. almost mad with grief. Ten days after they bury Herbert. telling of its mysterious powers to grant three wishes. and Mrs. White fumbles at the locks in an attempt to open the door. which had been mutilated by the accident and then buried for more than a week. White wishes for £200. White was required to witness and identify the body. and of its journey from an old fakir to his comrade. a friend of the Whites who has been part of the British Armed Force in India. that he cannot allow their son in. Mrs. and they get compensation of £200.The story involves Mr.
a strange man comes to their house and informs Mr. ends up costing him his son's life in the end-the give and take method. White knew it and he quickly acted on what he knew by wishing Herbert dead again. White's wish was. White their son has been in an accident involving the machinery he was working with and he was instantly killed. Jacobs illustrates both themes when Herbert urges his father to wish for two hundred pounds. Thus bringing us back full circle that you can't get something for nothing. and Mrs. Everything seems to be going fine the next day until Herbert leaves for work. it would be something "evil" that would return to them and Mr. despite their good intentions. with the second wish. . you automatically assume because you have good intentions your wishes will bring you nothing but happiness and enhance your life for the better. regardless of how innocent it was. But when Mr.THEMES be careful what you wish for and you can't get something for nothing. wishing Herbert back from the dead would bring back the Herbert they knew before he died. No matter how innocent Mr. Not long after he is gone. it came with a price. idea of irony (Everything comes with a price) when you think of something having the ability to grant wishes. Again. White makes his wish for money.
Herbert plays chess with his father and gently teases his mother. A thoughtful and loving son. White (mother) Eager. changes from an intelligent. CHARACTERS Herbert gentle. .Mr. Sergeant-Major Morris catalyst for the story: he brings the monkey's paw to the Whites' home. shrieking. White (father) believes an unholy creature stands knocking at his door instead of his son suggests that he feels guilty for having let selfishness overtake him when he made his wishes. weeping mourner. He is the only member of the family who works Mrs. happy. selfpossessed woman into a raving. and devoted young man.
The Whites' chess game at the opening of the story.Foreshadowing technique in which the writer hints at the events to come. . when Mr. White puts his king into "sharp and unnecessary perils"—and soon sees "a fatal mistake after it was too late"—is a kind of minidrama. one that tells us what is about to happen in the story.
for example. White. just as those who take unnecessary risks in life will die. Mr. hastily retrieves the paw from the fire.The Monkey’s Paw desire and greed—everything that its owner could possibly wish for and the unrestricted ability to make it happen. for example. . The risks and mistakes Mr. risky game of chess. the most “radical change” of all. These mistakes ultimately lead to Herbert’s death. Those who play a daring. Chess symbolizes life. White makes playing chess parallel the risks and mistakes he makes wishing on the monkey’s paw. will lose. even though he himself admits that he wouldn’t know what to wish for if he owned the paw.
. we do not really want what we think we want and that wanting more than what’s sufficient may bring ruin.Don’t tempt fate Moral values Be careful what you wish for Sometimes.