Summary Of The Monkey's Paw By W. Jacobs

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In W.W. Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” Mr. Whites personality is shown through the game of chess he plays with his son as he acts impulsively, and does not know his mistakes until it is to late. Mr. White while playing chess with his son notices “… having seen a mistake that could cost him the game after it was too late…”(1). Mr. White reacts impulsively in many instances, he acts before he has time to think in any situation. This becomes clear as his wishes for 200 pounds, knowing that Sergeant-Major Morris beseeched him not to use the paw because something bad happens with each wish. He realizes his mistake later, as the man from Maw and Meggins brings the news of his dead son. In W.W. Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” …show more content…
Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” Mrs. White was able to make the inference that her son was dead when the visitor told her that he was not in any pain. Mrs. White is relieved at first when the visitor says, “ ‘but he is not in any pain’ ” (6). She then realizes that when he said not in any pain, he meant that he passed away. Her realization is confirmed when she looks at the visitor and “she can see the truth in his face” (6). In W.W. Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” an example of situation Irony is when they find out that their son has died at the expense of their wish. Mrs. White says, “ ‘…how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father?’ ” (5). They don't believe the warning from Morris, and they start to joke around about the wish for two hundred pounds. They think that if the wish was to come true, nothing wrong could truly happen. They do not know that their wish could cause so damage in their lives. They don't for see the death of their son at the expense of their own …show more content…
Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” Mr. White believes that his mangled son was waiting behind the door, and he quickly made a his third wish. He wished to have the creature dead again, so that Mrs. White would not let the disfigured, mangled creature inside the house. Mr. White says, “ ‘I could only recognize him for his clothing’ ” (8). He believes that his son would come as the mangled corpse he saw at his funeral, alive he would be worse as a zombie. Mr. White says, “If only he could find it before that thing got in” (9). He does not think of the mangled corpse as his son anymore, this is why he wishes the creature dead, again. Mr. White says, “ ‘For God’s sake don't let it in,’ ” (9). He doesn't want the creature that is at the door to get in the house, he has seen the body mangled and dead. He does not want to know what will happen if Mrs.White were to let the creature in their

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