Analysis Of The Monkey's Paw And The Third Wish

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Lev Grossman once said, “If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” His words about making wishes can be seen throughout W.W Jacobs short story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, and “The Third Wish” by Joan Aiken. Both authors use the plot to prove that; wishes that are granted are never the best for you and is put throughout both short stories. However, Jacob develops the theme better than Aiken. For instance, “The Monkey’s Paw” is based on an object named the monkey's paw. The author starts of his short story with Sergeant Major Morris. Sergeant Morris went to go visit the White family after his trip from India and tells them all about the monkey's paw. He tells the White family how it gives you three…show more content…
As the story goes on, Jacob supports the theme, wishes that are granted are never the best for you, more and more. For example in the story it says, “It had a spell put on it by an old fakir”’ [...] “‘He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow”’[....] “‘I don't know what the first two were, but the third was for death.’said the visitor at length in a low voice. [...] They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son’s services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation” (Jacob 93). This piece of text evidence is supporting the theme because Herbert wished for 200 pounds and passed away. However, the factory that Herbert passed away in is giving the family two hundred pounds as a consideration of his services. The White family expected to get the money in their mail box or for it to appear out of nowhere but instead their son had to pass away. They suffered the extreme consequences.
In the end of the story, Jacob ends the story with a great suspense. This suspense supports the theme. The test says, “‘He has been dead ten days, and besides he - I wouldn't tell you before but - I could only recognize him by his clothing. If he was too terrible for you to see then, how now?’’ [...] “He raised his hand.“‘I wish for my son alive again.”’ [...] But her husband was on his hands and knees groping wildly on the floor in search of the paw. If he could only find it before the

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