Have you ever imagined having a little paw that can make your wishes come true? Do you think that you will probably become a greedy person if you have one? Throughout the story, ‘The_Monkey’s_Paw‘ written by William W. Jacobs, Mr. White and his family attain a unique little paw spelled by an old fakir, which allowed a person to wish three wishes from it. Mr. White wished for two hundred pounds of money to pay for the house. Although their family got two hundred pounds, Herbert, Mr. White’s son, got trapped in machinery and dies the next day. It was an exchange. Mrs. White could not endure her loss and wished Herbert alive again with the paw. Soon as she wished, she heard a knock on a door. Mrs. White tried to open the door for a stranger outside the home; meanwhile, Mr. White wished his third and last wish. When the door powerlessly opened, there was no one, but only the streetlamp shone the road flickeringly. When reading the passage, I have noticed that there are approximately 32 words of ‘wish’ written in it. This is a motif that implies how greed the characters are in the story. So, I regard that a big idea and the main theme topic of the story is greed.
In the story ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ by William W. Jacobs, the author believes that greed often corrupts people and renders them to determine imprudent choices that negatively affect them. Earlier in the story, Sergeant-Major Morris warns Mr. White to throw away the little paw: “Better let be burn… Be sensible–throw it on the fire!” (Jacobs 2). However, Mr. White ignores Morris’s advice and wishes two hundred pounds: “I wish for two hundred pounds” (Jacobs 3). The next day, Herbert, Mr. White’s Son, gets trapped in a piece of machinery and dies. In this piece of evidence, even though Morris alerted about it, Mr. White behaves greedy and makes an unwise wish for money. As a result, the little paw’s spell brings a negative effect to Mr. White’s family, which is Herbert’s loss. Further in the story, Mrs. White could not resist the sadness of losing his son and seek for the little paw. Although she knew the aftermath of her action, she shouts, ‘” Wish! Wish! I wish my son alive again'” (Jacobs 5). By observing Mrs. White’s actions, I can know that her greed has made herself ignore the consequences which will occur after it and got control of her body, which caused Mrs. White to make an imprudent choice.
In conclusion, the author, William W. Jacobs, metaphorically wrote ‘wish’ as greed and described how desire could negatively affect a person’s mental health. Mr. and Mrs. White could not resist their avarice and wishes with a little paw in a shortsighted way. As a result, it provided their family a misery for the cost of being greedy. What do you think was the best choice for Mr. White’s family?
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