“The Monkey’s Paw” Explanation

This found poem was created with clips of the words of William W Jacobs. In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, I decided to describe the conflict. I feel conflict is the main point in this whole story, without conflict, the story would not exist. From Mr. White having inner conflict on what to do with the paw, to Herbert passing away in violent ways, to Mrs. White turning on her husband in crazy ways and wishing for unreasonable things. For example when it says, “Bring him back” twice, and how I flipped the word “Unnatural”, giving the impression that Mrs. White is in a confused or hallucinogenic state. Another example of this is when it says “ Sinister meaning confirming her worst fears” meaning that her only importance in her life was her family and losing her son was just the worst thing that could have ever happened to her. My poem is more about Man vs Self than anything else. This is because all the clips in my poem reflect more on inner conflict and how Mrs. White does not want to accept that her son has passed and how she will do anything to get him back.

I feel one of the most important parts of my poem is probably the background image, graphics, and the word sizes and changes. The background I chose was a drawing of a crazy old lady that I found perfect for this topic, the full white eyes represent how empty Mrs. White feels inside without her son and her ragged clothes representing how she has given up and will do anything to get her son back.

The all-round black and white in the piece represents the old style of the story and the old times that it is set in, it also shows the grim plot of the story. I chose this because I really wanted to portray all these factors.

In my poem I used a variety shapes and sizes with my words to really prove my point. An example of this would be when I chose to write “Bring him back” twice and bigger each time, which represented how desperate Mrs. White was to have her son back and how she would do anything and go through anyone to do it; or when I chose to flip the word “unnatural” to induce mystery, hook and make the reader look twice at the word to understand it.