Monkey's Paw

Monkey's Paw

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  • In this story "The Monkey's Paw" the theme is 'Be careful what you wish for, for it might come out with the least expected.'     In this scene, the theme is seen when the Whites keeping the monkey's paw, even though Morris had told them to get rid of it, to save them of the fate of the bad outcomes, that would come if they had ever wished on it.
  • If you don't want it, Morris, give it to me.
  • Better to let it burn.
  • If only cleared the house, you'd be quite happy, wouldn't you? Well, wish for two hundred pounds, then: that'll just do it.
  • I wish for two hundred pounds.
  • I won't. I threw it in the fire. If you keep it, don't blame me for what happens. Pitch it on the fire again, like a sensible man.
  • In this scene, the theme is shown when Whites had forgotten Morris' advice and had made the choice of wishing for the two hundred pounds, that would soon give the Whites its bad outcome.
  • I don't know what to wish for, and that's a fact, it seems to me I've got all I want.
  • Might drop on his head from the sky.
  • During this scene, the theme can be seen, when the Whites were joking around with the monkey paw, and with Morris advice, 'with be careful what you are wishing for, for it might come out with the least expected.' Not knowing that the bad outcome of wishing for the two hundred pounds, would soon come.
  • I suppose all old soldiers are the same, the idea of our listening to such nonsense! How could wishes be granted in these days? And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, Father?
  • I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility, they admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son's services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation.
  • Two hundred pounds.
  • You can now see the theme 'be careful what you wish for, for it might come out with the least expected.' When Herbert's parents learn of the outcome for wishing for the hundred pounds.
  • How much?
  • It is foolish and wicked,
  • I wish my son alive again.
  • Now you can see, that the outcome of the first wish, had broken Mrs. White so much that she had ignored the fact that her son would be ripped open and covered in scars from the machine that killed him, that she had forced her husband, who knew the outcome of the second wish, to wish him alive again.
  • Wish! Wish!
  • *crying noises from misery and disappointment*
  • Here, you can see the theme is shown, through Mrs. White's disappointment after her wish, for her son to be alive again, that the outcome of Mr. White's wish could be found, in the sound of Mrs. WHite's cries of disappointment and misery.
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