The Monkey's Paw Short Story

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Murder. Blood. A suspecting officer. A paranoid criminal. These are all ingredients that bring intrigue and suspense to short stories. One short story writer who uses these elements is the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson once said that “Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect” (“Life Is a Perpetual Instruction in Cause and Effect.). Short story writers are skillful creators of suspense through their use of characterization, plot, and tension. This cadre of writers includes Edgar Allen Poe and WW Jacobs. The “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs are two short stories in which the authors demonstrate how cause-and-effect relationships build suspense for the reader. A closer look at the “Monkey’s Paw”demonstrates that Jacobs is creative in building suspense through cause and effect relationships. The Monkey's Paw is a story of a small family in the, what we can infer as, industrial revolution portraying the cause and effect of a mystical paw. Suspense throughout the story is created surrounding the mystery of the Monkey’s Paw. A specific example of such an instance would be in the beginning of the story when the Monkey’s Paw is first introduced and the soldier began to describe the Monkey’s Paw to everyone in the room “He took something out of his pocket and proffered it. Mrs. White drew back with a grimace, but her son, taking it, examined it curiously “(Jacobs 107). This quote shows how one person
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