Granting Wishes Assignment for The Monkey's Paw

Updated: 7/12/2018
Granting Wishes Assignment for The Monkey's Paw
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The Monkey's Paw Lesson Plans

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs examines how one man’s curiosity and desire to have more than he needs results in disastrous ramifications. Many students will already be familiar with similar wishing traditions, such as wishing upon a star, making a birthday wish, or throwing a coin into a fountain. While people often think of the possibilities of such wishes coming true, they don’t often think about the potential pitfalls that could happen instead. “The Monkey’s Paw” is a frightening tale that examines important themes such as what can happen when we try to interfere with fate, and the dangers of what happens when we follow our curiosity just a little too far.

The Monkey's Paw

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Interfering with Fate: Granting Wishes Assignment for The Monkey's Paw

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  • I wish I could become a multi-millionaire by winning the lottery.
  • PITFALL #1
  • With all my newfound money, I would give my parents plenty of money to get caught up on bills and to retire early. Then, I would put aside enough money for my sister and I to get a good college education. Finally, I’d pay for a huge family vacation cruise to the Caribbean.
  • PITFALL #2
  • Now what?
  • Some people might try to take advantage of me, or only become my friend because I have money. Some people may even pretend to be a “long lost family member” in order to get some of the money. I may not be able to trust many people and I’d be lonely and depressed.
  • With all that money, I may not find a need to go to college. If I don’t have any plans for my life, I won’t know what to do with myself. I would also lose touch with my friends, who will go off and have careers, while I would be floating around on a yacht all day.