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Compare Mr. White's feelings about the monkey's paw when he makes his first, second and third wishes. How does his attitude change?

When Mr. White first hears about the magical powers of the monkey's paw, he does not believe the story and casually wishes for two hundred pounds. After his son's death, Mr. White remains incredulous but reluctantly makes a second wish. By the time Mr. White makes his third wish, he recognizes the paw's nefarious magical powers and is terrified to use it. Mr. White only makes the third wish to spare his wife from seeing their undead son.

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Initially, Mr. White does not believe Sergeant-Major Morris's story about the monkey's paw and its magical powers. After rescuing the paw from the fire, Mr. White struggles to think of what to wish for and eventually uses the paw to wish for two hundred pounds to pay off his home. Mr. White wishes upon the paw with a carefree attitude and has no intention of actually receiving the money. Once Mr. White makes his first wish, the paw suddenly moves in his hand, which frightens him a little bit. Despite the small scare, Mr. White highly doubts that the paw has magical powers and is unaware that his life will dramatically change for the worse.

After Mr. and Mrs. White learn about their son's tragic death and receive two hundred pounds as compensation from Herbert's company, Mrs. White finally makes the connection between her husband's wish, the monkey's paw, and their son's death. When Mrs. White instructs her husband to retrieve the monkey's paw to make a second wish, Mr. White remains...

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