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The Monkey's Paw

In part 1 of "The Monkey's Paw" the White family is visited by Sergeant-Major Morris, who recounts his adventures in India. At Mr. White's request, Morris reluctantly speaks about the magic...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020, 11:27 am (UTC)

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The first example of foreshadowing in the story occurs during the chess game between Mr. White and his son, Herbert. Mr. White proceeds to put his most valuable piece, the king, in "unnecessary...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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While the first two answers portray the Whites as making the first wish in “The Monkey’s Paw” as a joke, I disagree. The Whites are driven by greed and ambition, just as most people are. It may...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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The action of “The Monkey's Paw” constitutes a pretty stark illustration of the age-old maxim “Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.” Throughout the course of the story, the members...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2021, 11:30 am (UTC)

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Unfortunately you have asked too many questions here - remember, enotes specifies that you are only allowed to ask one question, so I have edited this question down for you to focus on the ending...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010, 10:57 am (UTC)

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Initially, Herbert White has a playful, humorous attitude toward the monkey's paw. This is shown through Herbert's reaction when the sergeant-major tells the family about the fakir's spell, which...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017, 7:49 am (UTC)

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In literature, the climax can be described as the most dramatic and tense moment of a story. In "The Monkey's Paw," this occurs when Mr. and Mrs. White learn of the workplace accident that led to...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017, 9:37 am (UTC)

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Situational irony is when the outcome of a specific situation is the exact opposite of what people expected. “The Monkey's Paw” is built on situational irony in that the Whites believe that the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 10:35 am (UTC)

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The Monkey's Paw

"The Monkey's Paw," by William Wymark Jacobs (known as W. W. Jacobs) is a gothic short story first published in 1902 in a collection of short stories entitled The Lady of the Barge. There's no...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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Initially, Mr. White does not believe Sergeant-Major Morris's story about the monkey's paw and its magical powers. After rescuing the paw from the fire, Mr. White struggles to think of what to wish...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The author of "The Monkey's Paw" uses the words and behavior of Sergeant-Major Morris as ominous foreshadowing of what is likely to happen to the person who possesses the mummified paw on which an...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2016, 6:11 pm (UTC)

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First things first: let's define rising action. This is the part of a story that happens after the exposition and before the climax. It is an event, or series of events, that creates suspense and...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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The White family is inside their home on a stormy night. Mr. White and his son Herbert are playing chess. They are waiting for a visitor to arrive. Their guest, Sergeant-Major Morris, arrives, and...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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The author does not spell out Mr. White's third and last wish, but the reader can easily imagine what the old man wished for. He wished for the knocking to stop and for the knocker to go away...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015, 12:43 pm (UTC)

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Actually, the last wish was only Mr. White's. Both husband and wife believed their son Herbert had come back from the dead as a result of their second wish. Mr. White was horrified at the prospect...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015, 7:54 am (UTC)

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The biggest conflict would seem to be man versus the supernatural. The monkey's paw itself is endowed with magic powers the rational mind cannot comprehend or explain. While the Whites all seem to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019, 4:25 am (UTC)

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The setting creates suspense because the weather is stormy and the house is isolated. Suspense is the feeling that something is about to happen. Usually it means that something exciting or...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016, 1:01 am (UTC)

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Since the story "The Monkey's Paw" opens with foreshadowing in references to son, the White's family circle, an unnamed "he" coming, and warnings to wish sensibly, an alternate ending would need to...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010, 9:09 am (UTC)

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After Sergeant-Major Morris visits the White residence and leaves the monkey's paw at their home, Mr. White casually holds the paw and wishes for two hundred pounds to pay off his mortgage....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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"The Monkey's Paw" is a story all about fate and the destructive consequences that befall those who would wish to manipulate fate to their own self-interest. As the story opens, the White family is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020, 6:19 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, a family consisting of Mr. White, Mrs. White, and their son, Herbert, obtains a cursed talisman, a mummified monkey's paw, which grants three...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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Sergeant-Major Morris knows firsthand the disastrous effects of wishing upon the evil monkey's paw, which is why he throws it into the fire. From the moment Mr. White brings up the monkey's paw,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020, 11:54 am (UTC)

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In order to isolate figurative language in "The Monkey's Paw,"we need to establish what figurative language is. Figurative language refers to words or phrases used (often in a non-literal way) to...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021, 11:31 am (UTC)

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The details surrounding the monkey's paw contribute to the eerie and foreboding tone of the short story, and the sense of darkness surrounding the monkey's paw increases just after Mr. White makes...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020, 10:54 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The Monkey's Paw," an ominous mood is established at the very beginning of the story. However, even though the weather outside is "cold and wet," inside the White's house, the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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In W. W. Jacobs's classic short story "The Monkey's Paw," Sergeant-Major Morris brings an enchanted monkey's paw to the White residence and explains that an old fakir placed a spell on the talisman...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2020, 11:57 am (UTC)

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The short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs begins on a cold, wet, and windy night. The White family is in the parlor of their home. Mr. White and his son Herbert are playing chess while...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2020, 2:43 am (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the climax of a story is the moment in the plot where tension reaches its highest point. Although it could be argued that the climax of "The Monkey's Paw"...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2017, 10:11 am (UTC)

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The author takes pains to establish that only Mr. White can make wishes with the monkey's paw. The Sergeant-Major tells the family: "He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015, 9:41 pm (UTC)

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The resolution of a story occurs when the main conflict is worked out. A resolution usually coincides with a story's end. The conflict in "The Monkey's Paw" is between the danger the paw represents...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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As the story opens, Mr. White and his son are playing a game of chess. We learn that Mr. White thinks playing the game involves "radical changes." We realize as well that he is a careless risk...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020, 11:33 am (UTC)

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The Monkey's Paw is a tale of warning. The short story is a warning to us all about what is really important in life. It makes us question our moral values. The Whites have a good life. Once the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2015, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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Author W. W. Jacobs makes use of characterization, setting, foreshadowing, mood, and imagery to create tension and suspense in "The Monkey's Paw." Initially, the weather is foreboding as Mr. White...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. White actually has no clue who the stranger is who comes to her door in Chapter II of "The Monkey's Paw." She had noticed the man lingering outside their home, and three times he had passed...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011, 11:24 am (UTC)

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The elements of a short story include, setting, plot, conflict, point of view, theme and character. The setting of the story is England, the White's modest home in a rural part of the country. The...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2008, 11:55 pm (UTC)

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W. W. Jacobs uses metaphors and imagery to help set the mood and tone of "The Monkey's Paw." For example, Mr. White describes the weather outside as "beastly, slushy, . . . [the] Pathway's a bog,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2017, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs is written in the third person point of view. We can tell this because of the pronouns the narrator uses throughout. If he/she used the pronouns "I, me, we, and...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016, 10:00 pm (UTC)

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While "The Monkey's Paw" is a story which has "Dame Fortuna" as its motif, the macabre paw and the outcomes of the wishes are what lend the suspense to the narrative.Despite...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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If one were to search for meaning in "The Monkey's Paw," it could be argued that the story is meant to teach readers that the grass is not always greener on the side, and there are always certain...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 10:26 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, Mr. White plays Herbert in a game of chess and continually puts his king in "sharp and unnecessary perils." After making a fatal mistake, Mr. White attempts to...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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The first clue is provided for us when Sergeant-Major Morris throws the monkey's paw onto the fire. He knows how dangerous it is and how tempting it will be for the Whites to make three wishes on...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018, 5:26 am (UTC)

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I am struggling to come up with an example of dramatic irony in this excellent short story. It is certainly a brilliant example of situational irony, but I don't think we can identify any instance...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2011, 3:52 am (UTC)

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It occurs to me that the author has the bit of dialogue in which Sergeant-Major Morris tells Mr. White to wish for something sensible because it is essential to the way W. W. Jacobs wants to...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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One more thing about the wishes, actually, three more things: The first wish is done mostly in disbelief, sort of as a joke. Mr. White holds the paw up... as his son, with a solemn face, somewhat...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010, 4:19 am (UTC)

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The arrival of Sergeant Major Morris, who has probably been in the English colony of India [this story was published in 1902], brings with him a monkey's paw that he has acquired from a fakir, or...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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A great example of foreshadowing comes early on in the story when Sergeant-Major Morris consigns the monkey's paw to the fire. He's been telling the Whites about the malevolent power that this...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 11:27 am (UTC)

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The exposition of "The Monkey's Paw" begins with the genial White family receiving a visit from their old friend, Sargent-Major Morris, who regales them with tales from India, including one...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012, 3:28 am (UTC)

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The purpose of the story "The Monkey's Paw" is to express the power of fate. In the story, Morris relays that the man who put the spell on the paw told him that, "Fate rules people's lives and...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 3:39 am (UTC)

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Mr. White's first wish is fulfilled because he receives the money that he has wished for. For lack of anything more interesting, White ends up wishing for "200 pounds." This actually seems to be...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009, 6:48 am (UTC)

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