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The Monkeys paw

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on 21 September 2018

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The Monkeys paw
The monkeys paw by W.W. Jacobs is a supernatural short story in which Three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkeys paw, but the wishes come with an with an enormous price for interfering with fate.
Jacobs uses tools such as irony, suspense and foreshadowing to keep the plot going.
Suspense
Example
"He sat alone in the darkness, gazing at the dying fire, and seeing faces in it. The last face was so horrible and so simian like that he gazed at it in amazement. It got so vivid that, with a little uneasy laugh, he felt on the table for a glass containing a little water to throw over it".
Foreshadowing

The behavior and tone of Sergeant-Major Morris as of what is likely to happen to the person who possesses the monkey's paw.
Foreshadowing
"The first man had his three wishes. Yes," was the reply; "I don't know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That's how I got the paw".
Adaptations
The Monkey's Paw 2013
One case of irony in this story is when Herbert says " well I don't see the money and I bet I never shall" His statement becomes verbally ironic because he actually never gets to see the money, though his statement at the time was only one of disbelief over the supernatural powers in the monkeys paw.
3 Questions
Do life choices and wishes affect your fate?
Why does
The Monkeys Paw
By: Ace Smith
Irony
Plot devices
Irony
Suspense
Foreshadowing
Suspense
Sergeant Major Morris tells the Whites that the monkey's paw has the ability to grant the user 3 wishes. And how the first owner used all of his wishes, and that Sergeant Major Morris didn't know what the first 2 wishes were.... But he knew that the last one was for death.
The Monkey's paw 1948
The Monkey's Paw is also referenced in the Simpsons
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