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Please suggest an alternate ending for "The Monkey's Paw."  

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rahrak | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted December 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM via web

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Please suggest an alternate ending for "The Monkey's Paw."

 

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM (Answer #1)

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One possible alternate ending might be that Mr White is unable to prevent the entry of his son, returned from the grave, into the house. This would take the story into full-blown gothic horror mode, and leave little to the reader's imagination. It would be a more grisly, and probably less effective ending than the one that Jacobs actually opted for, which is much more subtle and thought-provoking. The fact that we do not actually see Herbert return, but only hear the door-knocking, adds a whole intriguing layer to the tale.This kind of subtlety is in the tradition of many of the best supernatural stories, where everything is not spelled out clearly, where more than one interpretation of events is possible, leaving room for doubt and intrigue.

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