As the story progresses, the narrator leads the reader throughout his journey, which ends with him finally killing the man. For this reason, the murderer should be sentenced to psychiatric treatment and twenty years of prison, since he acted exactly like a madman (hearing noises and sounds that didn’t exist), and he actually made a plan to go through with the murder. One of the themes that is consistent throughout this story is the idea of mental illness. The main character shows signs of being mentally ill as he constantly makes it clear that his sole reason for wanting to kill the old man is his eye (as he mentions in the text, he “grew furious as he gazed upon it” (Poe, 1843)). Sometimes paranoia causes you to act in certain ways, making you take rash decisions.
At first, these two stories can be similar; however, these stories each have different desires, lessons, and mood. "The Monkey 's Paw" is a short story about the Whites family. The first element are the three wishes and their consequences. In "The Monkey 's Paw," the main character, Mr. White, first takes the paw from Sergeant Morris out of greed. Due to his greedy intentions, he first wished for 200 pounds of money, because he wanted to call in people to clean the old house.
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.
Have you ever wished for a million dollars? In “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, a family comes across a Sgt. from the military who gives them a monkey's paw. Despite being warned, the family uses the magical paw to make wishes. Bad things then happen to them.
I heard many things in hell.” (1). Perhaps, if he could things from hell, he could have heard bad things about the old man. He proceeded to tell the reader, “He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 2) Since his reasoning is completely illogical, the reader can infer that he is mentally unstable. The narrator’s motive and style of execution for the murder is rather strange.
For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this, he had the eye of a vulture.” (page 381, Poe) The narrator had thought to kill the old man because of the look of his eye, though he said he loved the old man. The narrator’s obsession with the old man leads him to kill the old man in a cruel way. As a prosecutor that wants to put him in an institution, they could argue that he was sick and had a disease that sharpened his sense to destroy.
In the story “The Monkey’s Paw” there was a small amount of cause and effect events, these cause and effect events create different feelings like suspense and much more. Mr. White told a story about the monkey’s paw after hearing it he wanted to test it to see if it was true he then wished for 200 pounds. The next day a soldier came to their house, saying their son had died, but they got the two hundred pounds they wished for, this happened all because he wished for two hundred pounds its simple
“1st degree murder: A killing which is deliberate and premeditated (planned after lying in wait, by poison or as a part of a scheme) in which conjunction with felonies such as burglary, arson, or involving multiple deaths or certain weapons, particularly a gun.” (Black’s Law Dictionary) In the story Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, a man with an odd motive murders a man. Some believe the man was insane, but I know it was first degree murder. The suspect decided to kill the old man and has a motive behind it. “I think it was his eye! Yes it was this!...
Jacob's' stories were published the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the monkey's paw was written in 1902 early 1900s. Since Jacob made his stories about British underclass families, the White's were a British "underclass family" (4). Jacob like writing about men teasing each other, Sammy teased his father and Morris fo "the story" that Morris had told (2). Jacob's' stories had humorous ghost stories, for example, The Monkey's Paw had Sammy making fun off the ghost story told by Morris (3). Jacob liked writing horror stories with a not so great output yet his stories were memorable, just like The monkey's paw, it had a horror output yet the story was memorable, and never to be forgotten (10).