The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs. The story was published in 1902 in England.

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What is the theme of heart and hands?

Through a simple act of compassion, one person can help another person preserve his or her dignity.

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What does Herbert mean when he says that two hundred pounds will clear the house in the story monkeys paw the monkey's paw?

pounds are the british currency.

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Can you give me an Example of short old epic story?

An Epic is long by definition.

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What is the inciting incident of The Monkey's Paw?

Be careful for what you wish for because you just might get it. And IT may be the wrong thing!

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What is the theme of The Monkey's Paw?

Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it.

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What are the differences between the movie The Monkey's Paw and the actual story?

There's a movie?

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Which details foreshadows the effect of the first wish on the monkey's paw?

When walking down the road

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Who is the dynamic character in The Monkey's Paw?

Herbert, he dies in the story

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How old is Mr White in the story Monkey's Paw?

We are not told his exact age, but he is called "an old man" and one point,

we read that he had courted his wife nearly forty years before the start of the story,

so he should be somewhere between sixty and seventy years old.

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What is the tone in the story The Monkey's Paw?

opportunism in mystic morality (satire)

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What happens to Herbert at work in the monkey's paw?

He falls in the machinery.

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What happens to herbert white in the monkeys paw?

He dies, due to the wish for 200 pounds, that Mr.White made.

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What is the turning point in the monkey's paw?

if you re talking about the short story from language arts in 8th grade, then it would probably be when the son dies, or when they realize that every wish they make comes true. i remember doing that. it's a good book.

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How did Mr White get the monkey's paw?

Mr.White bought it from Sergeant-Major-Morris.

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Which detail from the monkeys paw is part of the conclusion?

Mr.White is sorry he ever wished on the monkey's paw.

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What is the mood in the monkeys paw?


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What is the theme in the short story 'The Monkey's Paw'?

It's many years since I read this story, but I seem to remember that the theme was 'Be careful what you wish for'. The lesson it teaches is a good one, and it gets the theme through to you. It's a rather scary story.

Had the old man wished for more than £200, then we may think that he moral may be not to be greedy, but since he requests only the bare minimum, we know that this is not the case.

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How did Fate play a role in 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs and 'Antigone' by Sophocles?

That it is foolish to tamper with it is the role that fate plays in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.) and in "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs (September 8, 1863 - September 1, 1943).

Specifically, divine will calls for below ground burials for all Thebans. Theban King Creon decides to issue a contradictory edict that denies these god-given rights to the disloyal Theban dead. But the Furies of fate do not stand idly by. Creon ends up losing his family, friends, home and job since the gods leave no offense unpunished.

Likewise, the monkey's paw is a talisman. It offers three wishes to its bearer. But the wishes turn back on the bearer since fate is being tampered with.

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What moral or lesson did the monkey's paw teach?

to be careful of what you wish for because you just might get it or the cause of anything can always have an effect

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What conflict in the story does this passage reveal the monkeys paw?

she want to bring his son back to life

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Who are the main characters in the monkey's paw the short story?

Mr. White, Mrs. White and their son Herbert

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What changes has Lysandra in Lysandra's poem story?

She does not change.

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How Do the Characters develop in the Monkey's Paw?

They find out wishing comes with a price and nothing can be get for free.

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Who is the protagonist in The Monkey's Paw?

Mr. White is the protagonist.

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What is the climax of The Monkey's Paw?

I recall the couple's son (Lee Majors) was a race car driver and was to race one evening. The couple had made the first wish for money I recall. Soon after, the father was called to the race track after word of their son's involvement in a car crash. The father came home with sad eyes to tell the mother that their son had been killed in the accident at the track. The mother began to weep, but then excitement came to her face as she exclaimed, "I can wish him back to life"!!! She then grasped the monkey's paw and wished for her son to be brought back from the dead. At that moment, the door bell rang and the mother (believing it to be her son) ran for the door. Before the woman had a chance to open it, the father quickly wished for his son to be sent back to the grave. The woman opened the door only to find her son's bloodied scarf he had received from her for good luck on the door step. The father told his distraught wife he wished their son back to the grave because he had seen his body after death, and did not want her to see what was left of him come back to life. In all of the Hitchcock series, this was perhaps the creepiest and darkest of all. Eeeeech!

There is also a short story by W.W. Jacobs entitled the Monkey's Paw which is similar in theme but varies in content. The son is Herbert White and is killed working at Maw and Meggins when he is caught in the machinery. His death comes after the family's first wish for money and upon his death, the family receives a grievance pay from the son's employer in the exact amount wished for. CREEPY! That is when Mrs. White comes up with the idea of wishing him back to life. The rest is much the same, though without a bloody scarf!

I belive that the climax of the Monkey's Paw is the moment when the father quickly wishes for his son to return to the grave or to be dead again.


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