"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs 1902 - Plot Diagram

"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs 1902 - Plot Diagram

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • I don't know what his other wishes were but I know his last was for death!
  • Main Conflict
  • If you don't want it Morris give it to me.
  • I you keep it, don't blame me for what happens. Pitch it on the fire like a sensible man!
  • Rising Action
  • Ok, I wish for 200 pounds.
  • How could wishes be granted these days?If they could how could 200 pounds hurt you.
  • Don't break into the money without me.
  • Wish for 200 pounds that'll do it.
  • I come from Maw and Meggins.I'm sorry-Badly hurt but not in any pain.He was caught in the machinery
  • Is it Hebert? What happened? Is he okay.Is he hurt or in any pain?(Mrs. White starts to whail).
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • In the beginning it is wet and cold outside with Herbert and Mr.White playing chess and Mrs.White knitting by the fire. Sergeant Major Morris showed up with tales from war and the monkey's paw. He gives the information about the paw. Herbert and Mr.White were skeptical until they saw his true fear of the item.
  • Climax
  • I can't believe I just thought of it!We only used 1 wish you can wish Hervert back.Wish for my son back wish for my Herbert.
  • Man vs. Fate: The White family vs. the temptation of the paw. Man vs. Self: Mr.White vs. his dedication to his family.
  • Falling Action
  • *They both realize that the cemetery was 2 miles away and that's why nothing happened*
  • It's our boy it's our boy Herbert Herbert
  • It's ok Herbert I'm coming Herbert!!!
  • After Sergeant Morris threw the paw in the fire, Mr. White retrieved it and wished for 200 pounds. Then, Mr. and Mrs. White got notified that their son Herbert had died by being caught up in the machinery and they believed it was their fault. Mrs. White then gets the idea to wish Herbert back to life after realizing they only used one wish. Mrs. White begs for Mr. Whit to wish him back even though he thinks it's insane. At first nothing happened.
  • Resolution
  • Wait honey come here.
  • I give you 200 pounds
  • Knocking is being heard from their front door. They both remembered that that the cemetery was 2 miles away so Mrs. White sprints to unlock the door for her dear Herbert. The knocking began to speed up and at that same time Mr. White gets nervous for what she would have to see with whats left of her son so he scrambles for the paw and makes his third and final wish.
  • Fine fine fine.I wish for Herbert to be alive.
  • The echoing is still ringing throughout the house as the knocking slowly died down. Mr. White heard the chair being dragged away as the door was creaking and swinging open. As the door opened a gust of cold wind rushed up the stairs and all you could hear is Mrs. White's wail of disappointment.
  • As Mrs. White runs out to the gate looking for what knocked on the door Mr. White runs out right behind her to comfort her. They both go out to their gate to only find a street lamp flickering in the distance on a quiet and deserted road.
  • I wish Hebert were dead again
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