What are the gothic elements in "The Monkey's Paw"?
Gothic fiction usually revolves around supernatural and often horrific events. It also contains a good deal of mystery and suspense. The supernatural is introduced in the exposition of the short story "The Monkey's Paw " when Sergeant Major Morris produces the paw which he claims has the unusual power of granting three wishes to its possessor. Of course, there is a sinister element involving the paw as Morris tells the Whites a man who had been granted two wishes by the paw used his last wish to ask for death. Nevertheless, Mr. White buys the paw from Morris and wishes for enough money to pay off his house. True to form, horror is introduced into the story as Herbert witnesses strange and "horrible" faces in the fire and the next day winds up dead when he is fatally maimed in...
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