Essay On The Monkey's Paw

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Performance Task- Thrill of Horror

The Monkey’s Paw, a story about granting the things that are wished for, but also being aware of the the things that you wish for. But whoever could have known that these wishes also come with a price, a price so immense in size that it may have the power to change your life forever. The Monkey's Paw, written by W.W. Jacobs, is a story about a mystical charm. A monkey's paw that is brought into the home of the White family by Sergeant Major Morris, who has served in India. The story that best fits in the horror genre is The Monkey’s Paw because the story uses the elements suspense, fear, and mystery/ unknown.

The Monkey’s Paw [by W.W. Jacobs] fits in the horror genre for a number of reasons. For example, the fact that S.M. Morris has a cursed monkey’s paw that grants wishes and gives it to the White Family. “ ‘Well, wish for two hundred pounds then…’ .” (W.W. Jacobs, 148.) The above citation shows that the Whites are greedy because Sergeant Major Morris told them that the monkey’s paw can grant any man’s wish. Another way that you can see the Whites’ greediness is
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Jacobs, is a horror story because it talks about the controversy between the cursed monkey’s paw, and the consequences of people wishing on the monkey’s paw. The first citation that was made was to show that the Whites were greedy so they immediately wish for two hundred pounds. Then a representative from the company herbert worked at, came to inform Mr. and Mrs. White of Herbert’s death. After, Mrs. White urges Mr. White to wish Herbert back to life, now that they now the paw actually does really grant wishes. Mr. White makes the wish to bring Herbert back and Herbert comes back to the house and knocks at the door. It was at the same moment of Mrs. White opening the door to let Herbert in, that Mr. White decided that he didn’t want to see Herbert after all. This shows that the monkey's paw was powerful and every wish had a price to
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