Mr.and Mrs. white and their son Herbert sit in their parlor playing chess. While they are playing chess they hear a knock on their door, and Sergeant major morris shows up with something for the family.
Sargeant Major Morris tells the family about a Monkeys paw. Mrs. white is surprised of what he said. Sargeant Morris told the family that the monkeys paw can grant three wishes. Sargeant then throws the monkeys paw in the fire and Mr.white quickly grabs it out of the fire.
The rising action is when Mr and Mrs. white make their two wishes. The first wish is for 200 pounds to pay off there mortage. The next day the son dies at work and the family get his composition money. Second wish if for the son to come back to life.
When Mr. and Mrs. white are sleeping.They hear a knock at the door. Mrs White immedietly wakes up and thinks its her son knocking. She then runs downstairs and tries to open the door.
When Mrs. white is still trying to open the door. Mr white then jumps on the monkeys paw. He then makes the third wish saying he wants his son back to his grave. The door downstairs finally gets open and a cold woosh of air circulates upstairs.
Mrs. white quickly runs outside to see if her son is there. When she looks around her son isn't there.