The Monkey's Paw

Flyer By: Amulya Balusu

The Monkey Paw

The Monkey's Paw is an object in the story. In this story, the paw is cursed and can grant you 3 wishes but every time you use one of them it comes with a great price.

Character Description

For my character description I have chosen Herbert White. Herbert White is a normal man who has a job at a factory. He loves joking around with his father and plays chess with him. He's the type of guy who loves to make fun of people jokingly for example ""Well don't break into the money before I come back," said Herbert as he rose from the table. "I'm afraid it'll turn you into a mean, avaricious man, and we shall have to disown you."" He joked with his Dad in a fun way. Even other characters think that of him like Mrs. White:

""Herbert will have some more of his funny remarks, I expect, when he comes home," she said as they sat at dinner.

"I dare say," said Mr. White, pouring himself out some beer"

Mood -----> Macabre

The word I chose for the mood is Macabre. I think this word is a perfect fit because the word Macabre means:disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury. In the story it could've been a coincidence but Herbert dies and out of that the family get 200 pounds here's the evidence:

Mr. White dropped his wife's hand, and rising to his feet, gazed with a look of horror at his visitor. His dry lips shaped the words, "How much?"

"Two hundred pounds," was the answer.

Isn't that a creepy coincidence? Anyway there is more. When granting the wish of two hundred pounds Mr. White states that the paw had moved in his hand: "A fine crash from the piano greeted his words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man. His wife and son ran toward him.

"It moved," he cried, with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. "As I wished, it twisted in my hand like a snake.""


For the theme I chose the old saying "Be careful what you wish for because it might just come true."

I think this theme goes with it because The paw does grant wishes and it grants them but with a very dark price.

Point of View

I think the point of view isn't following one person and his or her thought but trading the thoughts of all of them so its obviously 3rd person. Point of view affects the story because it shows a view point of the story and if you did first person you would only know the actions and thoughts of the on person and their observation of other people around them. So it would be affecting the whole story itself revealing key things that are now at the end considered as a mystery.