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What are the literary elements in "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs? 

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In W. W. Jacobs’ story “The Monkey’s Paw,” wishes do come true. If a person is lucky enough to be given the ancient monkey’s paw, he will be given three wishes; however, beware of what one wishes for.  This is the premise of this story.

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The point of view of the story is third person omniscient.  The narrator knows everything, but gives the reader little information.  He is able to look into the minds of the characters and know what they are thinking. 


The Whites have a guest.  Sergeant-Major Morris who shows them a monkey's paw from India with the power to grant three wishes. Morris warns the Whites that the paw was specifically designed to hurt the people who wish on it.  Mr. White wishes for two hundred pounds to pay off the family home. The next day the White’s son Herbert is killed, and the family receives $200 in compensation. Mrs. White has the father wish for Herbert to come back to life.  Suddenly, the mangled, undead...

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