In the short story "The Monkey's Paw," W.W. Jacobs reveals his message that: 1.) Interfering with fate will lead to sorrow and misfortune, 2.) Unnecessary desire for wealth can often lead to despair, and 3.) Fate has ultimate control of the future and is therefore a powerful force that should not be tampered with. Explain the development of one of Jacobs's themes outlined above. Use concrete details from the text.

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Let's discuss the third point. The Indian holy man, or fakir, originally placed a spell on the monkey's paw to punish those who tried to tamper with fate. Sergeant-Major Morris understands this all too well from his own experience. But he also knows that, as long as the paw is capable of granting three wishes, the temptation will be too great to make such wishes and, in the process, defy fate. That's why he tries to destroy the paw.

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