The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw
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  • The theme of "The Monkey's Paw" is be careful what you wish for.
  • In this scene, The White Family is seen playing chess, and Mr. White is seen to be reckless. This is because he puts his king in risky, random positions. 
  • In this scene, Sargent Major Morris comes and talks to the family about the Monkey's Paw. This is where he tells Mr. White how much pain it will bring him and Mr. White uses it anyway.
  • This is clearly shown in the plot of the story because when Mr. White makes a wish to gain 200 pounds of money, he gets the money, but loses his son, Herbert, in the process.
  • In this scene, the White's are seen to be making their first wish, which is to receive 200 pounds. 
  • A quote from the story that supports this is, " Father and son were at chess... radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils...".  This relates to the theme because it shows that Mr. White is reckless and isn't careful with his decisions.
  • In this scene, a man comes to the White's front door and tells them that their son has died and that they would get 200 pounds for his death.
  • A quote that shows the theme is when the Sargent says," If you keep it, don't blame me for what happens." This was an example of foreshadowing for what would happen later in the story. In this scene, Mr. White also reaches into the fire to get the paw back after the Sargent threw it in there, once again showing that he is reckless.
  • This is the scene where Mr. White makes his final wish. The one where we never learn what it is. His wife is downstairs about to let their revived son in the door.
  • This scene is important to the theme because it creates the main conflict of the story and impacts the characters greatly. They don't know the tragedy that is about to occur because of this decision. 
  • The theme of the story is shown because the wish is why their son died and they, again, learned to be careful what they wish for. This is dramatic irony because Herbert believed in the paw the least, and he's the one who died.
  • This is important to the theme because for his second wish he asked for his son to come back to life. While his wife was trying to let him in the house Mr. White made his 3rd wish then the knocking on the door stopped and his wife screamed. This shows him trying to cover up his reckless mistake.
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