The Evil Wish It is common to say or do things without thinking twice about the outcome. For example, a young and clueless teenager decides to ditch school to hang out with a few friends but ends up getting caught and suspended instead. In the case of the White’s family, matters were different. Mr.White, an old and naive man, is one of the main character’s in the short horror story “The Monkey’s Paw” written by W.W. Jacobs. Along with his loving wife, Mrs.White and their son Herbert, the family bonded well and at first did not seem to be distant from each other.
In the short story "The Monkey's Paw", Mr. White, Mrs. White, and Herbert were all affected by the emotion greed. In the beginning, Herbert was a selfless boy that worked to support his parents. After the heard about the monkey paw, however, he turns into more of a wealth loving character. He finds out about the wishes and almost immediately starts talking about being "rich and famous and happy", he also told his father to wish to be emperor. This, in my opinion, is a bit greedy.
The dad “Herbert” had wished for two hundred pounds and when his son died, they were brought two hundred pounds as a “sorry”. Later that night, Mr. White grabbed the paw and wished for Herbert back. He raised his hand. "I wish my son alive again." They heard a knock on the door, "For God's sake, don't let it in," cried the old man trembling.
Penelope asks to speak with the beggar, but Odysseus puts her off until nightfall” (Book 17, Italic) Odysseus is shown to overcome his pride while he was a beggar and during his stay with the Calypso. For example, back at home he was always treated like the king of Ithaca but he becomes a beggar overthrowing his pride of a rich king. He only cares for his family now and will do anything now after this long journey to be back with his wife and son ruling his kingdom again. For this reason, he accepts that he is at an equal level of pride and humility.
Mr. White, the main protagonist, pulled the Monkey’s Paw out of the fire in curiousity (pg 187). He look at it with ignorance and wished foolishly after being warned (pg 189). When his son went off to work and never came home, he and his Wife fell into depression (pg 191). Sadness drove them to bring him back any possible way, and it was his Wife who suggested taking the action of wishing him back (pg 192). He brought the paw up and wished out
When Holden states, "I like Allie just because someone is dead you don't just stop liking them, for God's sakes- especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive (Salinger 171), he believes that genuine happiness and peace can be obtained in his past and believes that Allie is no longer present in society. However, Holden eventually realizes that it is impossible to live in his childhood forever. This makes him realize that he cannot continue living with the same values in society that Allie died with. Acknowledging that his objectives in life are unattainable brings forth immense discomfort and sadness. However, Holden's sadness is heightened when he knows he cannot change societal norms and value.
“The Monkey’s Paw” is about a family comes into possession of a magical paw that will grant wishes, but at a cost. They wished for some money to test it out but they’re son
However, Okonkwo was born to a poor man and certainly was not noble-born. Yet, Okonkwo displays abundant understanding towards the complications and willing to climb the ladder to achieve his success in his young age, which is other common trait in tragic hero. The advantage that he has is in Ibo society, they allow each man to earn their own titles without family inheritance so Okonkwo able to take this opportunity to create his own fortune separate from family bequest. In his young age he is able to have two barns full of yams and also three wives. He does not want to turn out to be just like his father poor, ignorance and nwaanyi (womanly in Ibo).
With him, he brings a cursed mummified monkey paw. He warns the couple about the dangerous consequences that will come with the three wishes, but they ignore the warnings. For their first wish, they wish for two hundred pounds. They don't believe the consequences until their son dies at work, and the reward for his work there is two hundred pounds. “The Monkey's Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, shows us that when you’re greedy, Karma will affect your life.
“You can't really get to know a person until you get in their shoes and walk around in them.” (Harper Lee) In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley sheds his reputation as a freak and forges a strong friendship with the Finch children. Initially, Boo is seen as an invisible monster by the Finch children largely because of rumors spread around Maycomb County. Over the course of time, however, Scout and Jem begin to understand Boo and learn that appearances are not always what they seem. Through various events and circumstances, Boo Radley’s real persona as a kind, thoughtful and courageous person is revealed, as he and the Finch children develop a special friendship. Rumors, especially untrue ones, can destroy a person from the inside out.
The cat’s meow was weak because he was basically homeless until found by the boy. It took him time to recover his “meow” and his personality. It is definitely true that the boy loves his cat very much and the cat probably loves the boy even more.
This is why I think it is the overall message in the story because things in life always come at a cost. In the story, Sergeant- Major Morris gave the White Family the Monkey’s Paw because they asked and begged for it. The White family thought that they were getting a chance to grant three wishes of their choice, but they didn’t consider the dangers in which Morris warned them about.