The Monkey's Paw

Owens Block 1 Short Stories

Main Idea

The main idea is there was this family of three, living in the middle of no where, then one day someone knocked on the door. It was a world traveler coming to tell stories about his experiences. He showed them a monkey's paw that supposedly grants wishes. The man warns the family that every wish comes with a price. But the family refuses to listen.


The monkey's paw was first owned by a solider. The solider wanted to get rid of it because it came with bad fortune, fear, and sadness to someone or something. However, as the solider gave the monkey's paw to the family he also warned them. The White family didn't understand or believe until there first wish.


The monkey's paw symbolizes guilt, greed, and desire.