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by W. W. Jacobs

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In "The Monkey's Paw," how do you know that the Whites' decision to make a wish proves that fate rules people's lives"?

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This is a very interesting question to consider. Remember what the White Family are told about the origin of the monkey's paw that comes to have such a devastating impact on their lives. The fakir created the monkey's paw to "show that fate ruled people's lives" and that when people tried to change or impact their fate they did so at "their sorrow." The truth of the...

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