Mr. White and his son Herbert played chess together waiting for Seargent Major Morris to come, and Mr. White is constantly putting his king in peril danger. This contributes to the theme because Mr.white is a reckless person so he doesn't think through when he puts his kings in peril positions.
"Hark at the wind". "I should hardly think that he'd come tonight."
Mr.White sits down with his old friend Sergent Major Morris. This is when Mr.White brings up the monkeys paw. Which Major Morris tells him countless times that it's cursed and bad news. This contributes to the theme because Mr. white ignores Morris's warnings and decides to bring the monkeys paw up again.
The last person wished for death as their last wish.
What about the monkeys paw?
After Moris throws the monkeys paw into the fire, Mr. White reached into the fire to pull it out. This contributes to the theme becuase Mr. white pulls the monkeys paw out of the fire without thinking about his hand getting burned.
Better let it burn
If you don't want it, give it to me.
Think through your actions is a very good theme that is presented through the story. This is presented by the chess piece and the Dad resembles that throughout the story the Dad starts thinking like his son after his death. Thinking more logical and not rushing through actions.
Think through your actions
This represents how Mr.White starts to act like his son, who was very reasonable, and how Mrs. White starts to act like the old version of Mr.White, very irresponsible and very risky.
Are you mad?
Honey wake up! Wheres the monkey's paw? We can wish Harold alive again!
After Mr. White finds the monkey's paw. He most likely wishes for his son to die again. So after his wife runs down to the door to meet her son, she griefs over the disappointment of no one being there. This represents the theme because it shows that nothing good will come from the wishes that Mr.White wishes for.