What Is The Theme Of The Monkeys Paw

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Have you ever dreamed of being able to obtain everything you wish for or have a good luck charm that will help you get everything you have dreamed of? There is a famous saying: “Be careful what you wish for”. In the story “The Monkey’s Paw”, by W.W. Jacobs, this saying is very well represented in the plot and in the characters. The family constantly wished for things that at the end, don’t turn out to be what they expected. “The Monkey’s Paw” revolves around a real monkey paw, which the family believed had magical powers. In the introduction Sargent Major Morris visits Mr. White and his family after 21 years without seeing them. He had brought with him a monkeys paw that he said, could grant 3 wishes. Since Major Morris had already spent…show more content…
White wanted to test if the paw really worked, so during the events of the rising action, he wished for £200, but nothing happened. He thought it was a fraud and he should not think much of it. The next day Herbert, Mr. White’s son, went to work at Maw and Meggins, and on his way died in an accident. Later that day Mr. White noticed a strange man with a silk hat standing in his front door. He let him in. The man came from Maw and Meggins to deliver the bad news about Herbert. Due to the fact that Herbert was an excellent worker, the company will give them a sum of £200. A few days later Mrs. White had the idea to make another wish; she wanted to wish for her son back because there wasn’t anything she loved more than her son. Mr. White wasn’t convinced this was a good idea because he didn’t want to deal with the new consequences of the wish, but Mrs. White forces him to do it and so he did make the wish. With this we can see, how the author tries to warn the readers about the phrase: “Be careful what you wish for”…show more content…
White worried of the thought of how Herbert would look like coming back from his accident, all mangled and cut, plus he had been buried for days. Time was passing by and they were still waiting for Herbert to come. Then one night Mr. White went downstairs to get a candle and heard a knock on the door, he knew it was Herbert. He was worried that his wife would see what Herbert looked like now that he had died. Mrs. White ran to the door but could open it because there was a bolt that she couldn’t reach so she called for Mr. White to help her open it. She then decided to just grab a chair to help her reach the bolt because she knew Mr. White wouldn’t open it for her so Herbert could come in. As Mrs. White opened the door, Mr. White searched franticly for the paw and wished for his third wish; for his son to
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