Theme: think through the consequences of your actions before you do them.
When Mr. White puts his king in risky situations it shows the theme of thinking through your actions before you make them. This example shows the theme because he doesn't think through the possible consequences of putting his king in risky positions.
In this scene, Sergeant Major Morris was giving Mr. White a warning not to use the Monkey's paw but he did anyway. This shows the theme because Mr. White is told the consequences of using the paw and later goes on to use it anyway.
This scene shows how Mr. White doesn't think about the consequences and burns his hand while retrieving the paw. This shows the theme because Mr. White doesn't consider the burn he will get if he retrieves the paw from the fire.
Mr. White is making his first wish even though the sergeant told him not to. This shows the theme because Mr. White goes through with making the wish even though he has been warned.
In this scene, Mr. White realizes the consequences of his actions. The consequences are that his son died because of the paw. This shows the theme because it is the moment when you see why people should think through their actions.
In the final scene, Mr. White finally thinks before he acts and it works for the better. This shows the theme because it shows why you should think through your actions.
Mrs. White is crying because she wants to see her son, Herbert, who has come back to life.