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Monkey's Paw Literary Elements
Transcript of Monkey's Paw Literary Elements
Literary Elements What are some of the similar ideas presented in the images? Study both the images a Tragic Flaw is a character flaw that leads to the downfall of the narrative's protagonist Tragic Flaw How does the image above help convey the characters traits? What character exhibits a tragic flaw in Jacob's narrative? How does the tragic flaw contribute to the theme of the story? What is the tragic flaw? How does each image capture the theme of the story? Foreshadowing is a literary element in which the author subtly suggest events that will happen later in the plot. Foreshadowing Identify 2 clues during the first evening of the story that hint that the paw is not necessarily a desirable gift. Where in the text does the reader understand that Mr. White's second wish will bring a horrifying consequence? Was the consequence of the Whites' wishes fate or coincidence? Explain... Symbol a Symbol is a literary device authors use to attach meaning to an object in their narratives Of what is the apple and the serpent in this illustration symbolic? Now, identify one idea that the monkey's paw may represent and explain its meaning. The monkey's paw is a symbol for ___________
because _________________________________. An allusion is a type of figurative language that references another story, work of art, or historic event. Allusions add a level of meaning to a text by connecting two similar ideas of situations that span across different narratives and impose that association or comparison on another text. Allusion Look at the following image. Who are the characters in the illustration? Besides being a parody (humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing), this illustration is also an allusion. What work of art is it referencing? This is the painting by Michaelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. How does this painting affect the meaning of the Simpson's version? What is implied by Bart being in the position of Man in Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Man"? Read the following excerpt from "The Monkey's Paw". While reading, write down notes about allusion and tone.
His father, smiling shamefacedly at his own credulity, held up the talisman, as his son, with a solemn face somewhat marred by a wink at his mother, sat down at the piano and struck a few impressive chords.
"I wish for two hundred pounds," said the old man distinctly.
A fine crash from the piano greeted the words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man. His wife and son ran toward him.
"It moved," he cried with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. "As I wished it twisted in my hand like a snake."
"Well I don't see the money," said his son, as he picked it up and placed it on the table, "and I bet I never shall."
"It must have been your fancy, father," said his wife, regarding him anxiously.
He shook his head. "Never mind, though; there's no harm done, but it gave me a shock all the same."
They sat down by the fire again while the two men started nervously at the sound of a door banging upstairs. A silence unusual and depressing settled upon the three, which lasted until the old couple rose to retire for the night. Identify the allusion in this excerpt. It is also a simile (a comparison using "like" or "as" that imposes meaning on the item being compared. Write what you know about the serpent from the story of Adam and Eve. Now write what you know about the monkey's paw talisman. What meaning does the allusion to the serpent impose on the monkey's paw talisman? What does the simile comparing the paw's twisting to serpent's movement imply about the paw and the consequences it brings? What tone is created through the use of allusion and simile?