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Copy of The Monkeys Paw Plot Diagram
Transcript of Copy of The Monkeys Paw Plot Diagram
Sergeant Major Morris
Messenger from Maw&Meggins
Cold, stormy night at the
White's house in
a small English town
The emperor had never heard the beautiful song
of the nightingale, so he wanted his court to bring
it to him. They brought it to him and he was
impressed. Someone sent him a mechanical
nightingale. The real nightingale didn't feel needed
anymore more so it flew away. Soon the mechanical
bird stopped singing.
The Monkey's Paw
By: Holly Fournier
Mrs. White unlocks the door.
Mr. White makes the final wish and then looks out onto an empty road.
Mr. White & Herbert play chess.
Old friend of Mr. White arrives to the house.
Sergeant Morris tells about the paws magic.
Sergeant Morris throws the paw in the fire.
Mr. White pulls the
paw out of the fire.
Seargent Morris warns
the Whites about the
Mr. White wishes for
Herbert dies after being
crushed in the machinery.
Mr. White and Mrs. White
receive 200 pounds for
Foreshadowing p. 50, 52, 53,
The Monkey's Paw
Lets take a look
Mrs. White demands to know the location of the paw.
Mrs. White wishes for her son to be alive again.
The Whites hear a knock at the front door and Mrs. White rushes to open it.
Allusion p. 52
Simile p.53, 55
Metaphor p. 56
More than a classic horror piece, “The Monkey’s Paw” is also a modern parable, infused with moral messages and instructions on how to live a more fulfilling life. As with all fables, the story’s morals are familiar: don’t tempt fate, and be careful what you wish for. The White family isn’t wealthy, but they still have everything that’s important, including love, happiness, and a comfortable life. Mr. White even says that he is so content that he wouldn’t even know what to wish for. When he does make his first wish—partly in jest, partly out of curiosity—it is not for untold riches or worldly power, but merely for enough money to finally purchase their house. His small and sensible wish, however, is enough to tempt fate into killing Herbert. Jacobs’s story adheres to the traditional belief that we do not really want what we think we want and that wanting more than what’s sufficient may bring ruin.
Common Core Standard
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.