In "The Monkey's Paw", the setting is in the dark of the evening with the characters playing board games. The lights are not bright and throw shadows which helps keep the mood dark. When the stranger speaks, the lack of a name makes what he says even harder for the reader to accept. The stranger even says that he should not have talked about the paw as it is cursed and proceeds to detail what the curse has done previously. Because he is a stranger with no name, he remains anonymous to the reader and the focus stays on the paw and its powers. A name would make him personal, and remove some of the focus and fear surrounding the mysterious "Monkey's Paw."