The Monkey's Paw Essay

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The Monkey’s Paw Essay The theme of “The Monkey's Paw” written by W.W. Jacobs, is to love what you have and don’t ask for more that you need or else it might lead get harsh consequences. In the story “The Monkey's Paw”, the story elements of character, setting, and plot all contribute the the theme. These story elements also attract people into reading the story.
First, the character, Mr. White, is very risky and reckless. In the beginning of the story Mr. White’s approach the game of chess makes us predict that when Mr. White sees the monkey’s paw, he will want to make three wishes without thinking about the bad consequences that could happen to him. This makes us very nervous and scared to find out what will happen. In the middle of the story Mr. White even said “‘I don’t know what to wish for, and that’s a fact,’ he said, slowly. ‘It seems to me I’ve got all I want.’” He even proves that he has everything he needs but he still wants to make the three wishes. Finally, he decided to make a wish for two hundred pounds. This was a very bad choice because he didn’t think about the bad consequence, which was his son death in exchange of the two hundred pounds. In conclusion, all of this contributes to the theme
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The conflict attracts the readers to keep on reading. In the story “The Monkey’s Paw”, the conflict is that Mr. White wished for two hundred pounds without thinking of the consequence, which is Herbert’s death. The conflict also makes us over guess what will actually during the story and will create more tension. This will make the story seem even scarier and makes us feel nervous of what will happen next. In conclusion, this contributes to the theme because without the conflict then Mr. White won’t wish for the two hundred pounds and then the story won’t match with the theme. Also, the conflict states that asking for more than you need will lead to harsh
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