You should wish for 200 pounds to see if this paw actually works.
As they are all sitting down relaxing on the couch, they are playing chess. It is a dark stormy night and they are all having fun. As they are playing chess one of the fathers friend walks in and tells them a story. His name is Sargent Major Morris and his story is about a monkeys paw.
The rising action of the story has many different factors, but this is a main part of it. After the Sargent gives Mr. White the paw, he jokes around about the paw being fake. In response to that Herbert tells him to wish for 200 pounds to pay off their house debt. "Well wish for 200 pounds, then; that'll just do it (Page 6)." Mr. White ends up doing it, saying, "I wish for 200 pounds (Page 6)."
The climax of the story is when Herbert is risen from the dead and is at the door. As he is knocking in the middle of the night Mr. White is shocked. "His breath suspended until the knock was repeated (Page 13)." Herbert’s mom thought that it was Herbert so she tried to open the door, but couldn’t. "Let go. I must open the door (Page 13)." As she was opening the door Herbert’s dad knew it wasn’t him so he reached for the paw and wished him back to the dead.
The falling action of the story is after Mr. White makes the wish for Herbert to go back to the dead. After that everything turned back to normal. "A cold wind rushed up the staircase, and a long loud wail of disappointment and misery from his wife gave him the courage to run down to her side (Page 14)." Also, after that everything was quiet and deserted. "The street lamp flickering opposite shone on a quiet and deserted road (Page 14)." Finally, the resolution is when the White's go outside and realize their son is gone with the dead.
There is a superstition that says a rabbits foot will bring you good luck. This is a common superstition that many people believe in, however. The reason why people believe in this superstition is because it was derived from the early Celtics and it is a tradition that is being carried on. As well as this, it could be possible that it was derived from Hoodoo, a form of African American folk magic.