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The Monkey's Paw Review
Transcript of The Monkey's Paw Review
"The Lady of the Barge" 1902
The Monkey's Paw
About The Author
old man, poor
desires the riches and travels he can not afford
has a wife, son, and an old military friend
his wish for money was at the expense of his son
Sergeant Major Morris
The Monkey's Paw
tried to redeem himself for his greed with the final wish
the monkey's paw
brag about travels
discourage the paw
tells Whites how to wish
The White family is enjoying family time while waiting for an old friend's visit and naive to their fate.
Sergeant Major Morris introduces them to the Monkey's Paw, for which, they can not resist and make a terrible choice.
With the death of Herbert, their family destroyed, Mrs White demands Herbert to be wished back to life.
With Herbert's return as a mutilated corpse, Mr White wishes him back to the grave he came from.
After the White's final wish, the curse has died as the third man made his third wish.
magical item or icon of protection
"Her husband drew the talisman from his pocket and then all three burst into laughter as the sergeant-major, with a look of alarm on his face, caught him by the arm.
something trivial or insignificant
"Might drop on his head from the sky, " said the frivolous Herbert.
sympathetic in nature
"The old man rose with hospitable haste, and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival."
to back away
"She broke off suddenly as the sinister meaning of the assurance dawned upon her and she saw the awful confirmation of her fears in the other's averted face.
something heard or that can be heard
"At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another, and at the same moment a knock, so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door."
supports aging parents
does not believe in the paw, unlike his parents
changes from happy, wholesome son to zombified corpse
ridicules the story of the paw
to support family and go to work
appearance changes from intelligent to mournful
tends to husband and son
desperation for son to return
to have her husband wish for the son's return
forces husband to wish
Becareful what you wish for... The story implies asking for more than what you need can get you more than what you bargained for. This theme induces a morality to the story.
Outside dangers... The story also indicates the dangers of outsiders destroying the domestic family. In this case, his son, or atleast his dead son, became an outside threat much as Sergeant Major Morris had been a threat to the family by the introduction of the cursed talisman.
A Motif of Three's... There is a saying, "bad things come in threes", which Jacobs incompasses in this story. Three men will make three wishes. The bearer of bad news of the son's death comes up to the door three times. The dead son knocks three times.
Symbolism of the Monkey's Paw... the cursed talisman is most representative of the greed implied in Jacob's moral of the story.
Taking unneccessary risks in both CHESS and life will only bring failure. Those who take risky chances will often find misfortune will eventually catch up with them.
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