Granting Wishes: Possibilities and Consequences of Interfering with Fate

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Granting Wishes Assignment for The Monkey's Paw

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As students read, they will undoubtedly imagine something that they would wish for, if given the chance. As the story warns, however, sometimes we should be happy with what we have, otherwise dire consequences can result from our pursuits for more. Have students come up with one wish that they would make if given the chance, and the expected outcome of their wish. Then, have students collaborate with each other and imagine two potential pitfalls that could happen from their interference with fate. Have them depict their wish in a storyboard like the one below.

Interfering with Fate Assignment Example


Wish:
I wish I could become a multi-millionaire by winning the lottery.


Expected Outcome:
With all my newfound money, I would give my parents plenty of money to get caught up on bills and to retire early. Then, I would put aside enough money for my sister and I to get a good college education. Finally, I’d pay for a huge family vacation cruise to the Caribbean.


Pitfall #1:
Some people might try to take advantage of me, or only become my friend because I have money. Some people may even pretend to be a “long lost family member” in order to get some of the money. I may not be able to trust many people and I’d be lonely and depressed.


Pitfall #2:
With all that money, I may not find a need to go to college. If I don’t have any plans for my life, I wouldn't know what to do with myself. I would also lose touch with my friends, who will go off and have careers, while I would be floating around on a yacht all day.



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