The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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In "The Monkey's Paw," what are the types of conflict and some examples of each? 

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The biggest conflict would seem to be man versus the supernatural. The monkey's paw itself is endowed with magic powers the rational mind cannot comprehend or explain. While the Whites all seem to view the sinister aura around the paw with little seriousness, Herbert is particularly skeptical, even mocking the paw's so-called powers.

Unfortunately, the paw grants the owner's wishes in unpleasant, even horrifying, ways. This culminates in Herbert dying in a freak accident at work when Mr. White wishes for two hundred pounds, a sum he receives in compensation for the loss of his son.

There are other conflicts in the story as well, such as man versus man when the Whites disagree on how to use their next wishes after Herbert dies. Mrs. White has the idea to wish her boy back from the dead using the paw. Mr. White is terrified of this idea, since Herbert has been...

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I just wanted to add to mshurns answer that the family's name is Mr. and Mrs. Whit not smith

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malaknasser | Student

it is man vs man

man vs self

man vs nature

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