Wishes In The Monkey's Paw By Jennifer Dignam

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Wishes can come in two forms, it can come as a blessing or a curse to the person’s life. However, the form of the wish is all depended on what the wielder wishes for and how it intertwines with their fate. In the classic drama story, “The Monkey’s Paw,” written by Jennifer Dignam, the Whites and two other characters, used a magical item, dubbed the monkey’s paw, to grant their desires. The monkey’s paw is a magical item with a spell placed onto it to show that fate rules our lives and that those who mess with fate pay with their sorrow that a holy man had created; this magical item allowed three men to be granted three wishes each by holding it up in their right hand and stating their wish aloud. However, they soon realized that the monkey’s …show more content…
The first owner of the monkey’s paw, an unknown character, had his first two wishes granted, but soon regretted wishing for them, for he wished for his demise as his last and final wish. The author provides this in the text by mentioning that the first man’s “third wish was for death” (20), which leads the reader to assume that he wished for something bad for his first two wishes, therefore, his only way out was through death. The second heritor of the monkey’s paw, Sergeant Major Morris, also deplored using the monkey’s paw to grant his three wishes. In “The Monkey’s Paw,” Dignam suggests this by writing “Morris(gravely): I have” (20) as the response to Herbert’s, Mr. White’s son, question asking if he had three wishes to the monkey’s paw. From this, the reader could presuppose that Sergeant Major Morris regretted using the monkey’s paw based on his tone of speech. We could presume that both characters, Sergeant Major Morris and the unknown character, both regretted using the monkey’s paw based on their speech and actions after having their wishes granted by the monkey’s …show more content…
White, also regretted using the monkey’s paw. Mr. White’s first wish from the monkey’s paw was to obtain a hefty sum of money. As demonstrated in “The Monkey’s Paw” when Mr. White asked for “200 pounds” (21) when holding the monkey’s paw “with his right hand” (21). Similar to the previous owners of the monkey’s paw, Mr. White also regretted wishing for 200 pounds, for Herbert was sacrificed in order for him to obtain that sum of money. As presented when two messengers from Herbert’s workplace showed up on the Whites’ doorstep with terrible news, “Messenger 1: I am afraid your son was caught in the machinery” (22) and “Messenger 2... Maw and Meggin admit no liability, but in consideration of your loss, they wish to present you with compensation” (22), the compensation for Herbert’s death was the two hundred pounds that Mr. White had wished for the day before the incident. Mr. White suffered the monkey’s paw’s curse since Mr. White wished for 200 pounds, but in order for Mr. White to obtain the 200 pounds, his only son, Herbert, had to give up his life and as a result, both Whites grieved over their son’s

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