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The Monkey's Paw

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Ariana Kovanxhi

on 27 October 2012

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Ariana Kovanxhi The Monkey's Paw Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action In the beginning of the story the reader is introduced to Mr.White (the father), Mrs.White (the mother), Herbert (the son), and Sergeant Major Morris (the family friend). The story is taking place in England in during the 1930s, and the family is living in an isolated house with only two other neighbors. During Sergeant Major Morris' visit to the Whites' home, he tells them about a monkey's paw that he has acquired while in India. The Sergeant tells them that the paw's power, that was given to it by a fakir, was to grant three men three wishes. However, it was supposed to teach that fate ruled people's lives, and those who interfered with it paid with their sorrow. After joking around about the monkey's paw, Herbert
suggests for his father to wish for 200 to pay off the house. When Mr.White wishes, he claims to feel the monkey's paw move, Herbert sees simian faces in the fire, and they begin to get increasingly suspicious of its powers. The next morning when Herbert goes to work, he gets killed. When somebody comes to report the death to Mr. and Mrs. White, they give the 200 compensation money. When Mrs. White opens the door she sees nobody there and unleashes a wail of disappointment. Resolution The theme of the story is that those who attempt to tamper with fate, will not be successful and will pay with their sorrow. MOOD Mood- the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for readers
Mood is created through the description of setting, imagery, and descriptions of the characters' speech or feelings. Descriptions of Setting The Monkey's Paw describes a very eerie, isolated, and creepy setting in the story.

An example in the text:...the night was cold and wet,but in the small parlor of Labrunum Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Imagery The Monkey's Paw has many examples of sensory details that show a scary mood. Sight 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 that he gazed at it in amazement.
Touch example:..., and felt his way to the parlor; he felt that he lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way round the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand.
Sound example: Neither spoke, but lay silently listening to the ticking of the clock. A stair creaked, and a squeaky mouse scurried noisily through the wall.; a knock so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door. Description of Character's Thoughts or Feelings In The Monkey's Paw, the character's feel and talk in a manner of sorrow and unhappiness.
Feelings example: But the days passed, and expectation gave place to resignation-the hopeless resignation of the old, sometime miscalled apathy.
Talk example: "Come back," he said tenderly. "You will be cold."
"It is colder for my son," said the old woman, and wept afresh. Point of View First person point of view-when the story is told through the perspective of the main or minor character in the story
Third person limited-the narrator is not a character in the story, but is an outside observer with knowledge of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of one character.
Third person omniscient-the narrator is not a character in the story, but is an outside observer with knowledge of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of all of the characters. In the story, the point of view is third person limited because the reader knows the thoughts and feelings of only one of the characters (Mr. White). Third Person Limited Theme The moral of the story and what the reader should take as the main idea of the story. The moral of The Monkey's Paw is fate rules people's lives, and those who interfere with it, pay with their sorrow. Writer's Style The style of a story is the manner in which the story is being told, and the type of language that is used. The style W.W. Jacobs uses in The Monkey's Paw is very figurative and has many added details for effect. Examples of figurative language: catch the train (idiom line 110); a fine crash from the piano greeted the words (personification line 130)
Example of details for effect: "of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst. Pathway's a bog, and the road's a torrent."; followed by a tall, burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage. THANK YOU! Mrs. White continues to get increasingly depressed over her son's death and comes up with the idea to wish for her son's return by using the monkey's paw. Mr. White reluctantly wishes for this because of fear of further consequences. Herbert comes to the door mutilated and knocking at the door. When Mrs. White goes to open the door, Mr. White wishes for Herbert's disappearance.
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