Life Lessons in The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs and The Third Wish by Joan Aiken

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Life Lessons in “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and “The Third Wish” by Joan Aiken

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. The men in the two stories were distinct in their own ways, one being very greedy and the other very cautious. In “The Monkey’s Paw,” our main character was Mr.
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Each of the men were granted three wishes, however, both men were told ahead of time to be wise about their decisions. In “The Monkey’s Paw,” Mr. White’s first wish was to gain 200 pounds to pay off his mortgage (page 91). Consequently, Mr. White paid a very high price for his wish. He lost his only son, Herbert 9page 93-94). Mr. White’s second wish was to bring his son back to life (page 95-96). Well, Herbert died in a machinery malfunction, so if he was to bring his son back to life, he would be distorted (page 95-96). Mr. White didn’t want his son mutilated; therefore, he wished a third time. This time he wished for his son to stay dead (page 98). Due to that wish, the White couple had to live a life without their son. However, in the “The Third Wish,” we have a different case. In this story, Mr. Peters was very careful about his wishes. Mr. Peters' first wish was to have a wife as beautiful as the forest (page 103). He got the wish, but he later realized that his wife was a swan and could not be happy as a human. His wife, whose name was Leita, did not want to leave Mr. Peters, but truly missed her swan sister (page 104). Mr. Peters, being the kind gentleman that he was, used his second wish to benefit his wife. Mr. Peters wished his wife into the swan that she was once before (page 105), Since Mr. Peters wished for his wife to be her normal self again, he had no companion. Now,