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Unit 2.

Mercedes Villeneuve
“The Monkey’s Paw English 6
W.W. Jacobs November 17, 2009

The play “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and dramatized by

Mara Rockcliff takes place on an evening in 1920 at the White’s house. The
protagonists in this story is the whole family, Mr. and Mrs. White and their
only son Herbert. The antagonist in this story is the monkey’s paw. The paw
is described as “deadly” and “mysterious”. Three people are allowed to
make three wishes on the paw, but you may not like what happens when
your wish is granted. You should not “try to interfere with faith”. The point
of view is 3rd person omniscient.

The main conflict of this story is external, it starts when Mr. White
pulls the monkey paw out of the fire after Sargent Major Morris warned
them of the paws’ power before throwing in the paw. Mr. White now had 3
wishes that he could make, “Why don’t you wish for two-hundred pounds?”
suggested Herbert in a mock full tone. It only makes since that he was the
victim of the paw. The second wish was told to be made by Mrs. White, Mr.
White did not word his wish very carefully. He said “ I wish my son alive
again”, he did not state what condition he wanted him back in. So when
Herbert was at the door he did not want his wife to open it because he
realized what a big mistake he had made and quickly wished for Herbert to

As a result, the White family learns that bad things happens when you
mess with faith. Mr. and Mrs. White feel very sad and unhappy at the end of
the story. When it all comes down to it, the main point is to be careful what
you wish for.

There are two vocabulary words in this play/short story, the first one
is foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is when you suggest what will happen
sometime ahead using clues from the text. For example, when Morris says
“if your smart you would throw it back in the fire” he is saying bad things
will happen if you keep the paw. The next vocabulary word is irony. Irony is
when you use sarcasm. When Herbert mocked the paw he was the victim of
the first wish. That is an example of irony.