The Monkeys Paw Theme

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The short story "The Monkeys Paw" is a wonderful story written by W.W. Jacobs. This short story is a symbolic fable with multiple messages including, be carful what you wish for and be thankful for what you have. Another theme that can be derived from the story includes learning from your mistakes.This tale implies many major themes and notable lessons that many readers should already have knowledge of. Many examples of this theme, persist throughout the story, some of which include the warnings from the Sergeant, Herbert's death that grants Mr. White's wish of 200 pounds, and when the couple's desire for their son compels them to make their second wish, that gets cut short when Mr. White realizes the consequences that exist to each and…show more content…
The wife of Mr. White then convinces her husband to wish for their boy back. Mr. White tries several times to convince her of the bad that has already happened but she is persistent. Mrs. White's husband finally gives in and wishes to have their boy back. A few minutes later a match goes out and a quiet knock on the door begins. "She ran to the door, but her husband was before her, and catching her by the arm, held her tightly." The women then began to question why he was keeping her from letting the boy in. The husband then lost his grip and Mrs. White broke free and headed for the door. Mr. White was in luck as she could not reach the top bolt keeping the door locked. Mr. White then fumbled around for the paw until he found it and wished his third and final wish. The knocking stopped and everything went back to normal. I believe that this part of the story shows that we all make mistakes, but we have to learn from them. I think this passage shows that we can't continue to make the same mistakes, we have to learn our lesson and move…show more content…
This story showed us that though it may be far fetched we need to treat everyone with kindness and respect, and we shouldn't wish any harm on them. This tale shows that we have to live for the moment and enjoy every second we have with everyone as we don't know their fate or destiny, we don't know how much time we have left with them. Yes as I have stated time and time again you could believe that this was all a major fortuity and Mr. White's wishes had nothing to do with the known outcome. If that is your opinion and that is the side you choose to stand by that is fine, but never underestimate a wish. And if you don't agree with my claim, still remember to enjoy the moments you have on this earth. It could all be over in a blink of an
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