THE MONKEY’S PAW by: William Wymark Jacobs

The author loves for travelling influence him to be inspired and write stories. He spent his youth liking things such socializing with other people.

In his life, he met different people with different personalities. He used this experiences to create characters in most of his stories like in the monkey’s paw wherein he created Morris, a soldier who traveled from India since he was used to get along with travelers returning from British colonies. His stories are chilling that usually caught his readers’ attention.

2. Why was the story entitled “The Monkey’s Paw”?

Monkey is directly associated with India. But during those times, information about it are limited.  It seems gives the readers with a chilly and thrilling feels that catch one’s attention and curious about this country’s culture and lifestyle. The Monkey’s Paw is a mysterious title; it will make you think about the content of the story based on reading the title. It was entitled the monkey’s paw since it’s mummified paw is use as a symbol to show how it is powerful by granting anyone’s who owned this with three wishes. If this title was used today, we could tell that this title refers to an animal who use his paw to make changes in its surroundings. This title draw hints about how the story possess mystery.

3. What valuable lessons can you learn from the story?

The valuable lessons that I have learned from the story is to be contented on the things that I have. As the story narrates, the Whites family have enough resources to sustain their lives. They are living their lives in a simplest way and own material things that they could ever ask for. The monkey’s paw was introduced to their family as a warning not to be greedy. Morris, a previous owner warns them not to take the monkey’s paw even though it will grant you three wishes because it seems bring bad luck at the same time. They didn’t listen as their mind desires too much on worldly things they can have. They wish for money and it resulted of ending their son’s life, it is the consequences of wishing in that monkey’s paw. Regret and misery was evident on their faces as they realized what happen. For their second wish, they wish to restored their son’s life but regret it afterwards. Aside from that, the lesson I got from reading this story, we should be careful on what we wish for. We wish selfishly that we forgot the consequences or cost of it.

4. What lessons can be derived from the story?

The lessons I derived from the story is that we should really careful on what we wish for, we can’t predict if it might come true. In the case of the monkey’s paw, all of the three wishes were granted, but it asks a high cost in return. Wishes were fulfilled in a harsh way wherein Mr. white wish for money and his son’s life is in exchange for it. Morris warns them about the paw and the terrifying consequences it happens to the previous owner, but they neglect it and desires more on the things they don’t have without valuing the simple yet sensible life. It also reminds the readers to think deeply before making decisions and taking actions.

5. How would you describe the main character in the story? Support your answer with a

text from the story.

The main character from the story is Mr. White, an old man who take the monkey’s paw just to make wishes believing that it could help them achieving their desires in life. As what the story says, aside from his attitude, the old man likes to play chess with his son. He knows how to listen and take suggestions especially when his son ask him to wish for money, he obey it. But, he failed to listen to his friend Morris warnings not to take the monkey’s paw since it too risky. He’s greedy for wanting to be the next owner of the monkey’s paw to grant his wishes. He also admits that he has everything yet he still wants more. He is not contented and fate teach them a lesson. It was supported with a text from the story, “It seems to me I’ve got all I want.”

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