monkey paw

monkey paw

Storyboard Text

  • On a dark, cold night, the White family is awaiting a visitor. Mr. White and his son Herbert are playing chess while Mrs.White knits by the fire. Sergeant-Major Morris arrives and regales the family with tales from his years of traveling to exotic places in his tenure as a soldier.
  • Mr. White reminds Morris of a story he was telling recently regarding a strange monkey's paw he acquired in India. It supposedly was bewitched by an old fakir to grant three separate men three wishes. Mr. White wants the paw, but Morris is reluctant, saying it causes trouble.
  • Morris throws the paw into the fire and Mr.White resues it. Mr.White makes his first wish: for a sum of two hundred pounds. There are a loud crashing noise and the paw moves. The next day the whites receive word that Herbert was caught in the machinery at work and died. 
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  • The whites are shaken by how their wish came true and filled with grief from losing their only son. Mrs. White persuades Mr. White to wish that Herbert was alive again. Mr.White finds the paw and makes a wish; all of a sudden, there is a persistent knocking at the door.
  • The knocking at the door becomes louder. Mrs.White runs to the door, to let Herbert in, but Mr.White holds her back because he knows the wickedness of the paw. She breaks free and runs to the door, but she cants reach the bolt. Mr.WHite searches hurridly for the paw.
  • Just as his wife gets a chair, climbs up, and slides back the bolt, Mr. White finds the paw and makes his final wish. The knocking suddenly stops. Mrs.White opens the door, but there is no one outside.
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