Analysis Of The Monkey's Paw By W. Jacobs

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What would you do with a Monkey’s Paw if you had three wishes and didn’t know what the affects are after your wishes? In “The Monkey’s Paw.” by W. W. Jacobs, the Monkey’s Paw grants three wishes, but come out with consequences. Mr White goes through a struggle with a paw that has a spell on it by an old fakir. The White family faces big decisions throughout the story on what wishes they want. After an unfortunate death with there son Herbert, Mr. White is faced with a difficult decision to let the ghost of his son come into the house. Irony and conflict is a major part of this story, giving it suspense and excitement throughout this story.
Irony, wishes don’t always come true like you want them too. In the text Morris says, “The first man had his three wishes, yes,” was the reply; “I don’t know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That’s how I got the paw.” (Jacobs 26-27) This is Irony because the first man thought the wishes were gonna give him something good. After
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In the text “Better let it burn,” said the soldier, solemnly. “If you don’t want it, Morris,” said the other, “give it to me.” (Jacobs 27) “I wish for two hundred pounds,” said the old man distinctly. A fine crash from the piano greeted the words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man. His wife and son ran toward him. “It moved,” he cried, with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. (Jacobs 28) It shows conflict because after he uses his wish the paw moves on the floor. Making him scared and terrified. These examples show why conflict is a big role in the story.
In “The Monkey’s Paw,” the story has irony with so conflict between the White family and the paw. The irony and conflict causes a lot of issues throughout the story with the White family. If conflict and irony was not in the story then it wouldn’t have the suspense to make it a good story. This story is overall a good short story to

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