Mr. White is one of the protagonists in the story. At first, he easily makes the first wish for 200 pounds. But once he sees the consequences of this wish, he is very hesitant to make the second wish.
DON'T LET IT IN!!!
Mrs. White is one of the other protagonists. At the beginning of the story, she doesn't seem so interested in the monkey's paw, but near the end when their son dies, she urges Mr. White to wish their son back alive.
Imagery is used to make the story feel more realistic and allow the reader to better visualize what is going on. After they wish their son alive again, "a knock so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded from the front door".
THE PAW IS EVIL!!!
Suspense is used to give the reader an uncertain feeling so they continue reading. This is used near the end of the story, where they hear knocking at the door and Mr. White says "don't let it in" (53).
After they wish for the money, Herbert says "Well, don't break into the money before I come back" (p 50). This is ironic because Herbert dies before he ever gets to come back.
SAVE SOME FOR ME!
There are a lot of things that make this story a good spooky story for Halloween. There's a mysterious paw that grants wishes, and moves when a wish has been made. Additionally, at the end, they wish their son Herbert alive again, but Mr. White doesn't want to let him in the house - how scary!