What is the Sergeant Major's motive in "The Monkey's Paw"?I am a bit confused on this, i'm pretty sure they mean Why did he give them the monkey paw but i'm not sure!

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lcassidy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From the details found in the “Monkey’s Paw” the Sergeant Major’s motive is to destroy the paw.  However, this could easily be debated.  His character serves to intrigue and entice the White’s with his stories of mystery and suspense.  It is obvious from the very first moment he introduced the paw – and when he feigned throwing it into the fire.  Structurally he is required for the initial complication of the plot.