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What is the mood and when in time does "The Monkey's Paw" take place?

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iloveanimals | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2008 at 6:11 AM via web

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What is the mood and when in time does "The Monkey's Paw" take place?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 19, 2008 at 10:55 PM (Answer #1)

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The Monkey's Paw takes place in the early 1900s. The mood that the author is trying to create is consistent with that of a horror story. The story actually contains some elements of Greek tragedy: it starts out hopeful and happy and ends with despair and tragedy.

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tpisano | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted December 19, 2008 at 7:59 AM (Answer #2)

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Mood refers to the feeling the author wants the reader to understand as they read.  W.W. Jacobs uses mood very successfully in this story. 

He creates a mood of loneliness, depression, and misery through his words.  For example, when he says:

"The cold light of the winter moon cast a slant of light on far wall, capturing the shadow of the hunched old woman as she peered expectantly at the graveyard."

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ananyav | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Answer #4)

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^Horrible answer. Anyway, I think the mood of The Monkey's Paw would be fear, lonliness and terror.

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