Why did the first owner of "The Monkey's Paw" end up wishing for death?My assignment is to find the theme of the story and to write a story about how the first owner of the paw ended up wishing...

Why did the first owner of "The Monkey's Paw" end up wishing for death?

My assignment is to find the theme of the story and to write a story about how the first owner of the paw ended up wishing for death. Help!

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We never know for sure why the first owner of the paw eventually wishes for death. It can be assumed that his wishes were similar to those of the previous owners--possibly for wealth, prosperity and long life--and the results must have been equally terrifying and unexpected. We only know that Sergeant-Major Morris tells the Whites that

"... the third [wish] was for death. That's how I got the paw."

Morris's three wishes also came true, but he is mysteriously tight-lipped about their consequences, only warning the Whites to " 'wish for something sensible.' " The power of the paw relates to the main theme of the story, that of fate and how " 'fate ruled people's lives.' " The paw always provided their owners with their granted wishes, but the end results were never quite as the owners expected.

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