“The Monkey’s Paw” Explanation

The poem “The Monkey’s Paw” is a story by William W. Jacobs.

Throughout the poem, there were many different emotions presented to the readers. As I chose to focus on the climax of the story I could almost immediately notice that the moment was full of tension, nervousness, and uncontrollable fear.

I chose to use a fire as my background because it represents the moments when things get heated, and escalated. You might also notice that the fire is not just orange but red at the middle and black on top. Each of these colors has connections that tie into the story. For example, the black represents the death of Herbert (Their son) The red represents when Mrs. White goes ballistic and loses her mind. And as for orange, this gives you an idea that there isn’t a certain ending and that if we were to visualize a mountain for this story, we wouldn’t see it come down to how it started. Instead, we will see the mountain stay up Because we know that things will never be the same, as the beginning of the story. You might also notice that in bold white words is written the quote “He was our only son”. Out of all the different quotes in the story, I chose to write this one because it demonstrates how Herbert is an only child and how since he was an only child he had a closer rapport with his parents. When Herbert passed it was a great deal since Mr. and Mrs. White had only one child to love and give their full attention.

Even though the climax is the peak of the story, the moments that lead up to it could be quite important. For example the rising action. On page 1 paragraph 25 We can see this “Outsider” comes to change the plot of the story. When the Monkeys paw gets introduced to the characters, The White family got excited because they could make wishes and get away from the dread their living in. But like always there’s a plot twist, and that paw changes the family’s life. It’s quite clear that the setting of this story was located made great influences on the characters decisions. Because If this family were wealthy and had the power to live in a mansion somewhere in the city, Then we can infer that they wouldn’t have needed 200 pounds. On page 2 paragraph 110 when Mr. White was about to make a wish Herbert says “God we’re going to be rich, famous, and happy!”. Maybe this could show the excitement of Herbert seeking a better life.

Overall, The setting plays a big role in the story “The Monkeys Paw”. It is noticeable that certain aspects of their(The characters) lives cause for them to make choices. I would have to say that this story is mostly based on a man to man or man to society. I would say man to self because Mr. White is fighting an inner battle about the paw and whether or not to continue making wishes. I would also say man to society because even though there is no direct connection, as stated before the setting of the story plays a big role in all their decisions.

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