What would invincible power bring to us? Freedom and joy or would it lead us to deeper holes? In the story “The Monkey’s Paw”, the monkey’s paw can make three of the wishes come true, with no limits told in the story, we can say that it is a “invincible power”. For his first wish, Mr. White only asked for two hundred pounds to finish paying for his house, however, he got the two hundred pounds later from his son’s death. Mr. White’s second wish is to make his son alive again, but later he realizes that he lost at the same time as he picked up the monkey paw… Too much power, which means the monkey paw with three wishes in this case, with no limit will never bring real freedom nor joy.
In the story “The Monkey’s Paw” by Willian W. Jacob, the author believes that too much power or freedom without rules often develop unpredictable ending. In the start of the story when Mr. White is making his first wish, he only asked for just enough of money to finish paying for the house: “’If you could finish paying for the house you’d be quite happy, wouldn’t you?’, Herbert said. ‘Wish for two hundred pounds, then. That’ll just do it’” (Jacobs 2). It is very hard for me to say that two hundred pounds to finish the paying for their house is a greedy choice comparing to an unlimited wish, especially when it was trade for a life. However, the monkey paw is “breaking the rule” by its power—-change some one’s fate and cause them to be dead—-to fulfill Mr. White’s wish. No matter what Mr. White had wish for, nor if his wish is greed or not, the monkey’s paw is “breaking the rule”. Without the limits of rules, the monkey’s paw can fulfill Mr. White’s wish. However, at the same time, using the same power that breaks the rule, it can cause Herbert, his son, to the death. Mr. White and Mrs. White was nearly despair after Herbert was gone, especially Mrs. White, so she put her eyes back on the paw: “’Go down and get [the monkey’s paw] quickly and wish our boy alive again’… ‘Bring [Herbert] back. Do you think I’m frightened of my own son?’” (Jacobs 5). Even though the wish of “getting some one back alive again” seems to be greed, and any cost for trading this wish will looks fair from a reader’s view, when we actually get ourself into Mrs. White’s perspective, feeling her despair of suddenly sending her son into the graveyard, it is not actually that hard to understand why Mrs. White choose to make that wish. Although it might be wrong and greedy to bring someone that is dead back alive, but I can’t tell how “UNFORGIVEN” the old couple was to tolerate through all of these. All in all, the main reason was always on the Monkey paw, or to be clear, the wish that contains the “power to break the rules”, and not on an old couple who is just a victim for this tragedy of the rules that is broken. It seems like if there are no rules and we got all we want, we will stay thrive for ever, but the truth is far from it. Though rules might limit our freedom in some ways, but these limitations are for our bigger freedom, real freedom that is for everyone, but not freedom only for the powers.