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 backs this statement up is, " Father and son were at chess... radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils...". 
  • 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 backs this statement up 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.
  • This is the scene where Mr. White makes his final wish.
  • This scene is important because it creates the main conflict of the story and impacts the character's greatly.
  • The theme of the story is shown because the wish is why their son died.
  • This is important 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. 
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