Character Analysis: The Monkey's Paw

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In W.W Jacob’s “The Monkey's Paw the White family receive a strange, cursed, monkey paw by sergeant major Morris. The Family are given three wishes and when one of their wishes for extra money kills their son, they are left with two wishes remaining. Mrs White realizes that the family still have two wishes and requests that Mr White should wish back her son to life. Mr White doesn't want to however as he realizes what the consequence can be but Mrs White nags him into it, they wake up to a knock on their door and Mrs White runs to answer the knocking, Mr White fears this wish as he realizes the consequences this wish could hold. “The Monkey’s Paw” tells how when given something so powerful, people's arrogance can take over and their decisions …show more content…
Morris also mentions that the person who had the paw before him and how he wished for death as his third wish. W.W Jacobs seems to talk about this dark subject matter seriously, however i still believe the story has this mournful tone to it as that's what Mr and Mrs White feels after the death of their son Herbert “A cold wind rushed up the staircase, and a long loud wail of disappointment and misery from his wife gave him courage to run down to her side,” (Towards the end of the story). W.W Jacobs syntax throughout the story is good and well throughout the story. The sentences are fresh and don't sound like they repeat themselves like a broken record, like when it says “She was watching the mysterious movements of a man outside, who, peering in an undecided fashion at the house, appeared to be trying to make up his mind to enter.” (In the second part of the story). Jacobs could've just used Mrs White was watching the movement of the man who was looking at the house, but that would make the story boring. The diction is used to give the syntax more POW or make the sentence go from OK to more astounding or amazing so the sentences don't use common words as regularly. Words like “Good, Bad, Look, etc.”.
W.W Jacobs “The Monkey’s Paw” thesis statement is when given something so powerful,

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