It is late in the house of the whites. Mr. White is playing chess with his son Herbert White and putting his king in risky positions while Mrs. white silently knittes next to the fire. This scene is important because it tells us about Mr. White's character.
Suddenly Sergeant Major Morris arrives and explains to the Whites about a Monkey's Paw that is cursed to grant three wishes to three people. He also tells them of a man that on his third wish wished for death. Which shows that something very bad happens to him. This part of the story flat out states the theme.
Later that night Before Bed Mr. And Mrs. White decided to test the power of the paw by wishing for two hundred pounds then the paw moves in Mr. Whites hand he puts it away but after the Whites are asleep the storm outside gets wilder. When this happens the readers can infer that something bad is going to happen which will be the lesson the Whites learn.
"I wish for two hundred pounds"
The next morning the White's receive upsetting news that Herbert has died due to a machinery accident the man responsible for informing them this gave the White's loss fees of two hundred pounds. Here the Whites get a taste of the power of the paw and its power.
A few weeks later in the middle of the night, Mrs. white begged Mr. white to make his final wish to wish Herbert back alive. This scene provides a little suspense to the plot but Mr. White fears the power.
Later that night there was a small knock on the door that quickly changed from knocking to banging on the door. Mrs. White went to the door but she couldn't and wanted Mr. White to unlock the door but he fell trying to find the paw and made a wish and suddenly the banging stopped. Mr. White had finally learned his lesson by the end of the story not to mess with fate.