What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique in "The Monkey's Paw"? See the following paragraph."…and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from...

What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique in "The Monkey's Paw"? See the following paragraph.

"…and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him, and he caught his breath as he found he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way around the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand."

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W. W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw" displays most of his trademark traits, including a well-defined plot featuring a macabre story line mixed with humor and a surprise ending. In many of his stories, the characters are motivated by financial gain, and in "The Monkey's Paw" this action sets into motion the events that evolve from the three wishes.

Utilizing dialog prominently to tell the story, Jacobs creates a creepy mood as he introduces the history and powers of the paw. Jacobs foreshadows much of the resulting action, and the irony of the situation, that instead of being the recipient of good luck, each and every wish will come true in a terrible and unexpected fashion, helps to make it a classic of horror fiction.

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In general throughout "The Monkey's Paw," Jacobs relies on foreshadowing, irony, and sensory imagery to tell his story and make it effective.  In the passage above, Jacob's use of words such as "mangled," "seized," "groped," and "unwholesome" present an extremely oppressive atmosphere.  The father cannot control himself because he is overcome by fear and grief.

Similarly, by describing the paw, which was once a talisman of good fortune to the older couple, as an "unwholesome thing" Jacobs implies that readers need to consider more closely what they wish for.

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