“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and “What of this Goldfish Would You Wish?” by Egaret Keret are both exciting fictional short stories that engage the reader. There are many differences as well as similarities between the two stories. Overall, the two stores are more diverse. The differences lie in the areas of character traits and plot. Even though “The Monkey’s Paw” and “What of this Goldfish Would You Wish?” have many similarities, evidence shows the two stories have less in common.
Comparing “The Monkey's Paw” with “The Third Wish” “ The Third Wish” and “The Monkey’s Paw” are similar stories that share the same lesson of life, the main characters both got the 3 wishes, and they tried to do what was right. Both stories almost share the same life lesson also about love and thinking before you speak or wish. “The Third Wish”ended off nice and peacefully after his death where he was holding a feather and a leaf. In “The Third WIsh” Mr.Peters was a very sweet man because he did what he thought was right. “The Third Wish” ended off on high key happiness, but I feel as if he loved the swan so much that's why he changed her from human back to the swan.
Two stories and two magical wishes. The Monkey’s Paw and the Story of an Hour share several similarities throughout the passage. In the beginning of each passage, the author creates a sense of mystery and curiosity for the readers. As each passage reveals the characters in the story, the reader begins to relate the characters role from each story and how they act towards the conflict in the text. These different events, conflicts, or plot in both stories connect with death and wishes.
Thematic Analysis of “Monkey’s Paw” The title, Monkey’s paw is important because it is a magic idol that grants three wishes to three separate men but it is dangerous. In the story Monkeys Paw this Idol ends up in Mr and Mrs White’s happy family and they used all three wishes but little did they know how powerful evil it truly was. The next wishes left them without a son and a monster at their door and seeing demons at night.
Motivation. The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines this word as, “a force or influence that causes someone to do something.” Specifically, motivation is the general willingness that drives a person to behave in a certain way or carry out a task in a certain manner. Without motivation behind the characters, the story would not captivate the reader. Character motivation and its impact on the reader are prominent in pieces of literature such as “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, “The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl, and “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs.
In W.W. Jacobs’ story, “The Monkey's’ Paw”, Mr White wanted 200 pounds to pay off his house, but his wish cost him his son's life, so he tries to wish him back to life. One passage in particular (page 6) is significant to the rest of the story. The passage is so important because it introduces conflict, sets the tone, and the rest of the story is based on this passage. Firstly, conflict arises for the first time in this passage.
Think Question 1: Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. How does the author of “The Monkey’s Paw” use foreshadowing in the first chapter to suggest that the spell placed on the paw might not bring happiness to whoever possesses it? Cite textual evidence from the selection to support your answer. Response 1: W. W. Jacobs uses foreshadowing in "The Monkey 's Paw" by having Sergeant-Major Morris recount his experience with the monkey’s paw. After Herbert asked Morris if he already requested his three wishes, Morris replies with, “‘I have,’...and his blotchy face whitened” (Jacobs).
In W.W Jacob’s short story “The Monkey’s Paw,” there are many instances of foreshadowing in order to keep readers engaged and on the edge of their seats. In part one of “The Monkey’ Paw’” the White family is introduced to the monkey’s paw by, family, friend Sergeant Major Morris. Major Morris explains the dire outcome of using the paw. Mrs. White asks if anyone has used the paw before and Major Morris responds with “The first man used his wishes, yes,”...”I don 't know what his first two wishes were, but the third was for death.
Have you ever wondered what it would like through the eyes of a killer? In each of the story’s they have examples of cause and effect, for example from the killer 's perspective he went crazy because he killed the old man. From the victim’s perspective in monkey’s paw after using this paw it costed them their son and losing their son made them depressed. The-Tell-Tale-Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs have cause and effect relationships that create suspense.
There have always been stories and tales about those that are seemingly lucky enough to be granted three wishes. Most people dream of their wishes becoming a reality, but wouldn’t it seem too good to be true? In the two stories The Monkey’s Paw by William Wymark Jacobs and The Third Wish by Joan Aiken, two people in very different situations experience the reality of how wishes don’t always work out the way we’d like them to. Throughout the two stories, there are handfuls of similar and contrasting points present involving the exposition, conflict, resolution, and theme in these differing tales. By way of example, there is a variety of similarities in plot to be found between the two stories.
Short Story Analysis “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs tragically ends on a cliffhanger, but that does not stop the reader from interpreting the many ideas and messages Jacobs provides throughout the story. In “The Monkey’s Paw” W.W. Jacobs explores gender roles, showcases the use of transformation through his characters, and delves into themes of horror and supernatural. The story may have a dominant male presence; however, Jacobs incorporated one strong woman character. Mr. and Mrs. White are the main characters in this tale; With these characters Jacobs uses them to break specific gender roles.
In the story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, the White’s acquire a monkey’s paw from an old friend. The friend reveals that the paw is considered magic and then gives it to the Whites, starting a chain of events that brings sorrow to the family. However, just who is responsible for the misfortune that came to the Whites? Sergeant-
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.” - John Lennon. John Lennon said this because the world focuses too much on what they want instead of looking at what we already have and what we really need. The stories “The Necklace” and “The Monkey’s Paw” share the theme of materialism. In both stories, the main characters learn about materialism and how what they have may not make them worse off than better.
People are often told not to judge a book by it’s cover, although they do anyways. However, by only referencing the surface of the book, a person misses out on the deeper moral of the story. In the analysis, “What Is the Horror Genre?” written by Sharon A. Russell, it explains that the true definition of the horror genre is deeper than the stereotype of just looking at the surface of paranormal activities, and that it includes phenomenons behind it. Sharon included different elements that can be used to evaluate stories to be in the horror genre. They are supernatural world, parallel world, suspense, setting, and the source of the horror.