What is the mood and when in time does "The Monkey's Paw" take place?
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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.
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."
^Horrible answer. Anyway, I think the mood of The Monkey's Paw would be fear, lonliness and terror.
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