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As a short story, how does "The Monkey's Paw" differ from a play?

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The differences are entirely in the telling; the story itself can and has been adapted to a play several times. This allows what might be called the most important similarity; the story is confined to the house of the White family, so in adaptation it needs only a single location. The story itself, though, is told as a straightforward third-person omniscient narrative. In a play, the stage directions would replace narration; actors would have more leeway in interpreting their own...

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