The Monkey's Paw

A scary story about fate

The old fakir

"It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant-major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it."

Main Idea

The main idea is fate. Some textual evidence for this is, "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant-major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it."

Symbolism

  • The bolt on the door symbolizes a warning to not opening the door because danger was on the other side of the door.
  • The monkey's paw symbolizes fate because you can't tamper with the line of event designed to happen to you.
  • The match went out right as the knocking began symbolizes that something bad was about to happen.

Irony

When the soldier explains the he too had his 3 wishes but, doesn't tell the wish's because he regretted his own things he wished for.

Author's Purpose

The author's purpose is to inform and entertain you about how fate is a force to be reckon with.