The protagonist in "The Monkey's Paw," by W.W. Jacobs is Mr. Herbert White. Though his wife and son have major roles in the story, it is Mr. White who takes the monkey's paw from the sergeant major, and it is he who makes the wishes that move the plot forward. The protagonist in any story is the main character-the character around which the plot is centered. At the opposite end is the antagonist-the character or idea that causes the conflict in the story. In "The Monkey's Paw," rather than being a person, the antagonist here is fate or the paw itself, which is capable of granting wishes. With each wish, Mr. White becomes more distraught, and in the end, he realizes there is nothing he can do to get his son back as he was before.