The Monkeys Paw

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Analysis of “The Monkey’s Paw”
William Wymark Jacobs, also called W.W. Jacobs, wrote “The Monkey’s Paw” in 1902. Jacobs was a comedic writer, and his stories fascinated both his readers and listeners.
The story is about the Whites family, comprised of three people, namely Mr. White, Mrs. White, and their son Herbert White. They are a very happy family who have everything they need. Their heart could not desire more. One day Sargent – Major Morris, a man who has travelled a lot in the world, among others India were he found a monkey’s paw, knocked on the Whites door with the paw in his pocket. There is this thing about the paw. It is magical. Anyone who owns the paw gets three wishes, but one thing is there to know – magic comes with a price. Mr. Whites wants the paw, but he has to buy it first so he wishes for two hundred pounds.
The paw symbolizes the greed and desire that is part of a human and Mr. White has a lovely home and a happy family, but he still wishes for money that he may not even use. Because of his wish, Herbert dies at a machinery and his corpse comes to knock at the family door. Mr. White uses his last wish to wish the son gone, because he is afraid of what might be on the other side of the door. He will not take the chance.
In “The Monkey’s Paw” Mr. White and his son love playing chess. They are both competitive persons so they play a lot chess to get revenge on each other. The chess can symbolize life. Chess is a game that is unpredictable, like life. You never know what is going to happen in your live. Certain things can suddenly change everything, into good but also bad things and every choice you make, have consequences for your future. Mr. White wishes for money and the consequence of that is that Herbert dies so the visitor could come with a sum of compensation, which was the two hundred pounds Mr. White wished for.
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