- internal conflict-Mr. White debating with himself as to whether he wanted to make that first wish. Mr. White's reluctance to wish his son back;
- external conflict-Mr. White wants Sgt. Major to give him the monkey's paw, but Sgt. Major throws it on the fire; Mr. and Mrs. White disagree about wishing on the paw again;
- situational irony-The reader knows before the White's that the stranger at the gate has something to do with their wish. Also we know the money he offers will be the $200 wished for.
- verbal irony-When Mrs. White tells her husband, " . . .I'm sure you'll when next time.";
- foreshadowing-Sgt. Major Morris turns pale when he claims he has already made his three wishes; Mr. White claims he has all he wants; Herbert plays the suspenseful music on the piano just prior to the wish.