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What are the three wishes & the consequences in "The Monkey's Paw"? 

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Posted September 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM via web

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What are the three wishes & the consequences in "The Monkey's Paw"? 

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM (Answer #1)

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The first wish made by the Whites is made in laughter and little hope - they don't believe in the paw, but are drawn to wish anyway, for the fun.  Mr. White wishes for 200 pounds.  The consequence is that Herbert is killed in an accident at work and the family receives the 200 pounds in compensation.

The next wish is made is all seriousness and from a place of grief.  At the request of Mrs. White, Mr. White wishes for Herbert to be alive again.  Herbert awakens in his grave, climbs out, and comes home to bang on the door and be let in.

The last wish is made out of fear.  Mr. White, scared of what his living dead son will look and be like, wishes for Herbert to return to the grave.  When Mrs. White gets the door open, Herbert is gone - the wish has worked.

 

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