When you make wishes, you have to pay for the outcome. Sargent Major Moris wanted to destroy the monkeys paw at the Whites house. he told them that the monkeys paw granted wishes at a huge price, but they decided to use it anyways ultimately paying the huge price. the suspense builds as the prices are paid for each wish. Herbert
The story somewhat followed the moral because every time Mr. White wished using the monkey’s paw, he evidently created consequences for himself, which causes people to think that the old man should be more careful of what he wishes for. This could be a powerful theme, but it fails to account for some dialog from Sergeant-Major. On the second page of The Monkey’s Paw, it stated: ““It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant-major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow().”” Clearly, any wishes that changed fate in any way would damage the wielder him/herself. Therefore, the only type of wish that would not be damaging are wishes that would do nothing. Wishing for nothing is not really a wish so that implies that every single wish would lead to a repercussion. Under these circumstances, it is impossible to be careful for what you wish for if every single wish will be damaging. As a result, this moral cannot be implied within the story, making the original one more relevant within the
For one difrence, the first wish and consequences. In the Monkeys Paw, the first wish is for 200lbs., but the consequence is Herbert's death. In the third wish, mr. Peters wishes for a wife as butiful as the forest, the consequence is that she is a swan and misses her life as a swan.
“My Wish” is a song recorded by Rascal Flatts, written by Jeffery Steele and Steve Robson. The song was written for one of Steele’s four daughters. What I’m getting out of this song, and what I believe many others do too is to live every minute like it’s your last. “I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow” the very first line is about someone who’s going somewhere in life. “And each road leads you where you want to go,” (line 2) This is saying that hopefully the path you’re taking in life is the one you want to fulfill. “And if you’re faced with a choice and you have to choose, I hope you choose the one that means the most to you” (line 3-4) What Steele is saying that if one has to make a choice, it should be the best choice for that person, not what someone else wants you to do.
Imagery is used very often in “The Third Wish”. Joan Aiken frequently uses imagery in his writing piece. Imagery can describe how the man wants things he does not need and takes things others do not want. Joan Aikens shows his use with Imagery in certain ways that help prove his theme and help readers get a better understanding of the theme and purpose of his writing. One piece from the text on page (105) is, “He stooped down and kissed her goodbye, then took another leaf from his notecase, blew it out of the window, and used up his second wish. Next moment instead of Leita there was a sleeping swan lying across the bed with it’s head under it’s wing,” This piece of evidence from Aiken’s piece shows that not everybody wants what you want, and just because you want it does not mean you need it. The wife that the man was granted with, was living a miserable life while she was his wife as a human, because that time was spent doing whatever the man wanted her to do. Another piece from the text that shows imagery is, “But I miss the old life in the forest, the cool grass and the mist rising off the river at sunrise and the feel of the water sliding over my feathers as my sister and I drifted along the stream” (105). This piece of evidence shows that not everyone around the man wants exactly what he does. His unwilling wife was miserable while doing exactly what Mr. Peters asked for. The man did
White wished for 200 pounds because Morris warned of the consequences so they wished for something that wasn’t insane but wasn’t small. This greed for money caused consequences. “Herbert says, ‘Why, we’re going to be rich, and famous, and happy. Wish to be an emperor, Father, to begin with; then you can’t be henpecked.’” In this sentence, you see that Herbert was already being greedy with the paw as soon as they acquired it. He was trying to use it to his advantage and abuse the power of the paw. The whites wish for 200 pounds and it came true which was good, but there was also a negative consequence. With the good there was also the bad. The wish for 200 pounds came true, but the money came because their son died. He had died from a machine accident at work that day and they got money because the company didn’t want them to sue so they payed compensation for his death. The wish they made with the Monkey’s Paw had come true, but killed
However, the story that he tells is an accurate one of anyone seeking to better there life, despite the unfortunate events that hold one back from reaching outward. The author adds, however, be careful what you wish for because while it may come true, it comes true at the Devil’s price unless you are willing to be responsible for the dream that you desire.
Aiken used foreshadowing in The Third Wish to convey a theme that being a selfish and rude person never goes well in the end. In the beginning of the short story, Mr.Peters was granted three wishes after freeing a swan from a thorn bush. The swan then turned into a little man. This was who granted Mr.Peters the wishes and he warned him that people always use the wishes for selfish endeavors, it always ended in catastrophe. Mr. Peters, already knowing he was going to be smart with his wishes claimed that, “He knew very well that the gift of three magical wishes was one which brought trouble more often than not.(...) He decided to use his first wish and keep the other two in case of emergency.” (Mr.Peters pg 56) These few sentences tell the reader that he is going to use his wishes wisley instead of using it for something impractical. He knows that wishing for something that is life-change never really ended up good in the end. It’s always worse than when it started. This is why Mr.Peters was smart with his wishes. This little example of foreshadowing is not the only one the author used. In the middle of the passage his wife that he wished for, was longing for her old life back. Mr.Peters knew she was not happy. The passage claims that one night he heard her cry, “Rhea! Rhea! I can’t understand what you say! Oh wait for me, take me with you!”(Leita pg 57) She cries to her missed sister who she can’t communicate with because she is a swan. Mr.Peters was the only one that could make her happy again. This shows foreshadowing because, the
Ironically, “The Third Wish” doesn’t have a third wish. At the end of the text, Mr. Peters dies peacefully without making his last wish. On the other hand, the old man makes a third wish even though we never really know what it was. In Fact, the wishes are even granted by completely different things, one being a magical being, and the other being a monkey’s paw. Its is obvious which belongs to which story. The wishes by themselves are completely different. For the first wish, Mr.
So even there will be a consequence in the wish just make sure that when it is wished for that it is an intelligent one.
“Be careful what you wish for you just might get it.” This quote relates to the story “The Monkey’s Paw” in numerous ways. The White Family in the story “The Monkey’s Paw,” receive a talisman that will grant them three wishes, although they regretted all three of the wishes they had made. To begin with, quoted from the story “The Monkey’s Paw” “I wish for two hundred pounds,” said the old man distinctly. Furthermore, quoted in the story His dry lips shaped the words, “How much?”“Two hundred pounds,” was the answer. The main quote is associated with these two quotes from the story because Mr and Mrs. White regretted the decision of wishing for 200 pounds, after they found out their son Herbert had died while getting caught
In this allegory, Rosie symbolizes greed and her wish symbolizes that you must be careful what you wish for.
matter how hard people wish on a star or on a candle, the wishes never seemed to be
What would a typical person do if they had three wishes and knew that there would be a price that they would have to pay in order for them to fulfill their wishes? This is the question that overcomes the main characters, Mr. White and Mr. Peters, in the stories “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and “The Third Wish” by Joan Aiken. In these two stories, two men were allowed to create three wishes each and had consequences that followed, therefore, they learned a valuable lesson about life.