The Monkey's Paw By W. Jacobs Analysis

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The Monkey’s Paw was written by W. W. Jacobs, in 1902. The story follows the White family, as they get a monkey’s paw from their friend who was visiting India. They discover they have three wishes, and that this monkey’s paw can grant these wishes. However they soon learn that the wishes come at a price. The Monkey’s Paw, is telling a message about the power of wishes. The message would be the same as this quote, "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it." --Anonymous.

The message of this story, is the danger wishes. It is explained by the Sergeant-Major, the man who brought the monkey’s paw from India, that you will get your wish naturally, however that it carries consequences. He states that he know not what one man wished for, but he does know what his third wish was, the wish was for death. The whites take the paw thinking it will be nothing but roses. The experience’s the whites go through show, that wishes might come true, but not the way you hoped, and that one faced it such
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They teach us the sometimes, no matter the warning, the power of a wish will corrupt you, it will cloud your thoughts, it is said absolute power corrupts absolutely, in the cases of wishes it seems true. No matter the warnings, the power you have will kill your reason. A wish might come true, but no one said it was going to be pleasant. Strings will always be attached, and in the end it might be better to not wish at all.

So in the end these are the messages The Monkey’s Paw teaches us, You should be careful what you wish for, no matter how good it seems, no matter how pure you think it is, there will be strings attached to it, and those strings may be worse than you think. As well it teaches us, that the naturally the power of being able to grant wishes will go to any one man’s head. You may know all the bad that happened, but it’s a wish, how bad could it be. These are the warnings and messages told by The Monkey’s
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