Greed In The Monkey's Paw By W. Jacobs

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In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, many themes are present throughout the piece. These themes are revealed by following the lives of the White family, who make foolish decisions influenced by their greed and desires. These decisions end up harming or changing every member of the White family, from Herbert to Mrs. White and even Mr. White. W.W. Jacobs clearly wrote this story to illustrate to readers that acting upon greed and your own personal desires results in loss and sorrow for everyone involved, in hopes that readers wouldn’t make the same mistakes that the Whites did.
The person who was most affected by his family’s mistake was obviously Herbert. The Whites wished upon the paw for more unnecessary money. This was received …show more content…

White made poor decisions throughout the story that only resulted in more hurt for her and Mr. White. In the middle of the night about a week after Herbert had died, she came to the realization that there were still two wishes left on the monkey’s paw. “The other two wishes, we’ve only had one… Go down and get it quickly, and wish our boy alive again” (114). Obsession clouded her judgement and she screamed at her husband to wish Herbert back to life until he complied. Her grief caused her to want her son back in any way possible, no matter the cost. She did not hear her husband warning her that it wasn’t a smart idea or that she had lost her mind. The way she was feeling may have been understandable, but she could have put her and her husband’s lives in danger, not allowing herself to see what was really in front of her. Bringing someone back from the dead always comes at a price, a humongous price, but either she was willing to pay that price or didn’t realize there was any risk at all. The demeanor of Mrs. White at the end of the story is clearly changed from who she was at the start; she went from a loving, kindly old lady to a deranged, obsessive mad woman who wouldn’t listen to reason. This personality shift comes as a result of the Whites’ first poor decision, so that not only was the life of their son was lost, but the sanity and rational thinking of Mrs. White was also lost among the

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