The Monkey's Paw teaches the theme that fate dictates our lives and that attempting to change fate can come with harsh consequences.
The Monkey's Paw
Project by Amy Lucas and Olivia Mowry
The Whites were having a pleasant evening playing chess by the fire. Mr. White's friend Sergeant Major Morris comes to visit. They have a great time until the Sergeant Major tells them of a magical monkey's paw meant to change people's fate.
"The first man had three wishes, yes...I don't know what the first two were but the third one was for death."
The Sergent Major tells them of the terrible things the monkey's paw has caused when people wished for things in hope of changing their lives. The Sergeant then throws the paw on the fire to get rid of it. Mr. White retrieves it from the fire, and, despite the warnings, he asks to keep it.
"If you don't want it, Morris, give it to me."
"Better let it BURN!"
After making his first wish for 200 pounds, Mr. White learns that morning that his son Herbert had died as a result of the wish. The 200 pounds came as compensation for his son's death. His death shows that trying to change fate comes with consequences
"He was caught in the machinery"
Mrs. White, in her sorrow, tells her husband to wish their son back to life because she still hopes that she can change her fate and be happy again. Despite Mr. White's fears, he makes the second wish.
Mrs White runs downstairs to greet her son after hearing many knocks on the door but she finds no one, just the wind blowing down a lonely, empty street. This shows the theme that fate cannot be changed and when people try to they will always be left worse than before.