What adjectives best describes Mr. White’s character?

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In the short story "The Monkey's Paw," Mr. White is fearful. The story begins with Mr. White's fascination with the tales that Morris relates to the family about his travels in India. However, as the story progresses, Mr. White becomes fearful of the monkey's paw.

He is also doubtful of the power it may have. When Mr. White makes his first wish, he believes that the monkey's paw moves. He begins to fear the paw and is uneasy for the remainder of the night. Later, when Mrs. White presses him to make the second wish to restore Herbert's life, Mr. White is terrified that Herbert will return from the dead as he last saw him, mutilated by the accident. Because of his fear, he makes the third wish.

Lastly, Mr. White is obedient to his wife's wishes. Even though he knows it is wrong to wish "his son alive again," at his wife's insistence, he makes the second fateful wish.

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Mr. White is careless, regretful, and desperate throughout W.W. Jacobs's short story "The Monkey's Paw." Mr. White can be described as being a relatively careless individual. At the beginning of the story, he puts his king in "sharp and unnecessary perils" while playing chess with his son and eventually loses because of his "fatal mistake." Mr. White also makes the careless decision to wish for two hundred pounds using the magic monkey's paw. Even after Morris's warning and ominous story regarding the monkey's paw, Mr. White saves the paw from the fire and makes a fatal wish. Following the death of his son, Mr. White regrets using the monkey's paw and experiences more feelings of regret after wishing for his son to come back to life. Mr. White realizes that he made another terrible, careless decision and becomes desperate to prevent his zombie son from entering the home at the end of the story.

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