Describe Morris's attitude toward the monkey's paw in "The Monkey's Paw."

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When Sergeant-Major Morris visits the White family at the beginning of the short story, Mr. White urges him to talk about the monkey's paw from India. Sergeant-Major Morris immediately attempts to dismiss the topic but ends up elaborating on its history. When Herbert asks why Morris didn't have his three wishes granted, Morris turns white and quietly says, "I have" (Jacobs 3). Sergeant-Major Morris proceeds to speak in a grave tone when he mentions that the first person's last wish was for death. He then mentions that the paw has caused him enough mischief already and mysteriously says that he is not sure if he would want three more wishes from the monkey's paw. Morris then throws the paw into the fire and refuses to give it to his friend Mr. White. When Mr. White rescues the paw from the fire, Morris warns him of its consequences before he leaves. Overall, Sergeant-Major Morris seems to fear the monkey's paw and genuinely believes that it is magic. He views it as an ominous talisman and knows that it is dangerous, which is why he throws it into the fire. Sergeant-Major Morris regards the magic monkey's paw as a malevolent object and is cautious about letting his friend take the talisman.

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Sergeant-Major Morris is the man who brings the monkey's paw to the White's home.  On the surface, it seems that he is afraid of the paw and it seems that he wants to destroy it.  After all, he throws it in the fire, which would seem to indicate strongly that he wants to be rid of it.  We also know that he fears it because of what it has done to others (and, apparently, to him).

But he must be somewhat ambivalent about it.  If he hated it and feared it that much, why hadn't he gotten rid of it long before.  And why didn't he act much more strongly to keep the Whites from having and using it?

So it seems to me that he does fear the paw, but on some level he wants someone else to have it so they can have the bad "luck" he had.

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