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  • setting
  • foreshadowing
  • Better let it burn
  • mood
  • The story takes place in England on a cold and wet night. The story opens when Mr. White and his son are playing chess in their warm home.Text Evidence: "of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live, this is the worst. Pathway's a bog (swamp) and the road's a torrent (swift-flowing stream)."
  • theme
  • It seems to me I've got all I want.
  • The foreshadowing in this story occurs when Morris warns Mr. White that he shouldn't keep the monkey's paw.Text Evidence: "White, with a slight cry, stooped down and snatched it off. "Better let it burn," said the soldier solemnly."
  • simile
  • The mood of the story is creepy. The author expresses the mood by having Morris be secretive and warn Mr. White about the magic and history of the paw.Text Evidence: ""What was that you started telling me the other day about a monkey's paw or something, Morris?" "Nothing," said the soldier hastily. Leastways nothing worth hearing.""
  • allusion
  • Sounds like the Arabian Nights
  • The theme of the story is to not be greedy. This is the theme of the story because Mr. White wished for things he did not need and ended up with his son dead.Text Evidence: "Mr. White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously. "I don't know what to wish for, and that's a fact," he said slowly. "It seems to me I've got all I want.""
  • Text Evidence: "as I wished, it twisted my hands like a snake."
  • Mrs. White relates the story of the monkey's paw to another story.Text Evidence: "Sounds like The Arabian Nights"
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