Don't try to change your fate when your fate doesn't need to be changed. Be careful what you wish for. Be mindful of the consequences. All are themes of the Monkey's Paw.
"It had a spell put on it by an old fakir, he wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfere with it did so too their sorrow."
I'm off to work, bye Mum.
The paw.. my boy.. the money.
The Monkey's Paw is a melancholy tale of a family who was happy and content, but changed their fate and messed it all up. They didn't think of the consequences, and they didn't consider their wishes enough. Don't Make The Same Mistake...
The White's are content and happy together. This connects with the theme because they don't need anything to change in their lives, they already have all they need. Yet after hearing Sergeant Major Morris' story, they still wish on the monkey's paw.
This is the last scene that the family is happy. They are unaware that when they wished for the money (that they didn't need) it will result in death.
I don't know honey, that's a little risky. It's also the middle of the night...
It had to be done...
Due to Mr.White's poor decision, Herbert died in a Machinery accident so that the White's could get their money. This ties into the theme, because they didn't think about the consequences, also they didn't need that money. But they needed their precious son.
"My baby.. my poor little boy"
I really am sorry
THE PAW...HERBERT! USE YOUR SECOND WISH TO BRING BACK OUR DARLING CHILD!!!
Not thinking of her decisions, Mrs. White tells Mr.White to make his second wish to bring back Herbert. Mr. and Mrs. White's characters flip as Mr. White becomes more realistic about this wish. This scene is related to the theme, because she affects the fate of her son, AGAIN.
After making the wish for Herbert back, they heard knocking at the door while Mr. White realized the dangers of this wish. Without thinking Mrs. White tries to go to Herbert at the door. Mr. White makes his final wish in a rushed slur of words before Mrs. White can get the door open. In the end, they sit and watch their happy, complete life turn into a dark, and melancholy present.