Literary Conflict in "The Monkey's Paw"

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Literary Conflict in The Monkey's Paw

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflicts.

Having students create storyboards that show the cause and effect of different types of conflicts strengthens analytical thinking about literary concepts. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the storyboard creator. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict.


MAN vs. MAN

Sergeant Major Morris knows that the paw brings mischief, so he throws it into the fire. Mr. White, however, wants to try his luck with the paw so he saves it, in spite of Morris’ insistence to let it burn.


MAN vs. SELF

While Mr. White knows the dangers of the paw, he risks it to get his son back. However, when he hears the ominous knocking on the door, he knows that his wish has been granted in a twisted way. Despite the fact that his son could potentially be outside, he wishes for his son to be dead again.


MAN vs. NATURE

When Mr. White makes his wish on the paw, he is interfering with the way that things are supposed to be. Because of his interference with fate, he is punished by losing his son and then having him brought back to life in a zombie-like state.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in “The Monkey’s Paw”.


  1. Identify conflicts in “The Monkey’s Paw”.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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