This found poem is the project I created for the theme of the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by William W. Jacobs.
I picked this particular background because the grave/cross represents Herbert’s grave, as said on page 4, line 215, “Having buried their son in the huge new cemetery two miles away, the old couple came back to a house full of shadow and silence.” The background also includes a Grim Reaper, which is the personification of death, to represent the theme of death and fate in the short story.
“He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that to interfere with fate only caused deep sadness.”
I believe that quote from page 1, line 58, is the theme of the story. In my found poem, I decided to use the words “Bring him back” and “Wish, wish”, with the word “death” and made it the largest sized word in the poem to add a strong feeling to represent the theme of poem. “Bring him back” and “wish, wish” represented the theme of fate in “The Monkey’s Paw” because “wish, wish” meant that Mrs. White wanted Mr. White to use the second wish to “Bring him (their son Herbert) back” from the dead. The word “death” and the phrases “the sinister meaner” and “not in any pain” represented how Herbert died because of the wish Mr. White made for 200 pounds, and what the words the man from Maw and Meggins meant to Mr. and Mrs. White. The words “fate” and “fear” was also made bigger than the other words because it was key words of the theme. The words “scraping”, “groping” and “breathless,” and the phrases “face was pale” and disappointment and misery” represented the state Mr. and Mrs. White was in while Herbert, back from the dead, started knocking on their door, and when Mrs. White realized that Herbert wasn’t at the door when she saw the empty streets.