After Herbert asked Morris if he already requested his three wishes, Morris replies with, “‘I have,’...and his blotchy face whitened” (Jacobs). With Morris’s face whitening, it tacitly tells the audience that something terrifying happened when Morris made his wishes. This foreshadows that something dreadful will happen once the Whites make their wishes. Question 2: Compare Mr. White’s feelings about the monkey’s paw when he makes the first wish, second wish, and third wish. How does his attitude change?
The conflict in the story is not only the monkey’s paw but was somewhat Mr. White’s attitude. If he never was that greedy the story would have changed he would have agreed with Morris and burned the monkey’s paw but he didn’t want to do that creating the plot. Any change in the plot could have/ would have altered the course of the story but also altering the theme. In “The Monkey’s Paw,” the downfall of the White family is when they receive the two hundred pounds as a compensation for the son’s death which was actually caused by messing with fate. They did receive the two hundred pounds but it came at an even greater price their son’s death.
“ ‘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
White the monkey’s paw knowing it is cursed. Why would Morris burn the money’s paw in Mr. White’s home? I think there is a clear motive behind his actions, even though it is not stated in the story. It’s possible that Morris got cursed himself and he is trying to get rid of the curse by giving the monkey’s paw to Mr. White. I can indicate from the story that Mr. White and Morris are probably friends so Morris would know Mr. White’s weaknesses and hurt him.
Greed is bad, in “The Monkey’s Paw” people had negativity against the paw, others examined the paw wondering how it works, others were worried about it the Coincidence that came with every wish made. Someone else was also wondering how it works, so he picked up the paw and made a wish for money to see if the wish would come true or not. However, without thinking about the coincidence it won’t lead to an happy ending when that person made the wish for money, the son dies because of the wish for money he made. After the son died, a man came to the family’s house to tell how bad he feels for their son who got caught in a machine and
Bad things then happen to them. This story is an example of a superstitious story, because they thought that the monkey’s paw would actually grant three wishes. This paper will use examples from the text to show superstition in the story. This is a superstitious tale, because they believed that the paw would grant three wishes. For example, in “The Monkey's Paw”, Mr. White thought that he could just wish for 200 pounds and everything would be fine.
Jack still has his initial innocence but later Golding shows how Jack will break his morals. Later Jack finally kills the pig and to support the fact that Jack did not have the heart to kill the pig. As well as the twitch his dream of, “memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink” (Golding 70) To show how much it was bothering him. Jack,one of the most evil in the book and could be said to have the the leader role in the madness. The quote shows his innocence that completely contrast Jacks personality later in “The Lord of the
I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it, at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” (P.61) this shows the revenge towards hindley stared from childhood to adult. Hindley also take revenge towards Heathcliff Hindley’s attempt to kill Heathcliff only hurts himself in the process; it proves the point Isabella makes, “Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies” (P. 177). The fact that Hindley is mistreated as a child reflects the built up anger and resentment inside him and towards others. The hurt that Hindley feels is clearly understood, but sympathy for Hindley is only temporary because it is still his own fault for his predicaments.
Mr. White is tampering with fate and is using the paw for his own greed. Consequently, his wish ends up rebounding and ends in a negative way. In the text, it says “He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow." This quote indicates that the paw is evil and every wish made upon the paw will have a backfiring consequence. In fact, Mr. White is also warned of the consequences that he will have to face if he puts the paw to use.
The sergeant-major warns the White’s about the paw and he wishes to destroy the object this raises questions: Why is this thing being called evil? Why are the wishes granted unwanted? The answers are shown right after the first wish; the family comes into a small fortune, but only because their son dies and they collect from his insurance. What other damage will the wishes do? What other