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1 LITERARY ANALYSIS OF W.W. JACOBS’ THE MONKEY’S PAW Literary Analysis of William Wymark Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw Ramon Olivares Colorado Christian University
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2 LITERARY ANALYSIS OF W.W. JACOBS’ THE MONKEY’S PAW Literary Analysis of William Wymark Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw William Wymark Jacobs’ short story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, published in Jacobs’ collection, The Lady of the Barge , in 1911, tells a tale of a man and his family who come into possession of a magical object able to grant any three wishes imaginable. Though obtaining an object with such force and power, of course, seems ideal, it would be difficult to not allow greed and desire to take over. Jacobs illustrates, using several literary elements, how the nature of human beings is to always yearn for more, no matter how unnecessary, which in the end determined the fate of the main characters. The White family, made up of Mr. White, father and husband, Mrs. White, mother and wife, and their son, Herbert White, live a comfortable, simple life in England, separated from the outside world. Their home sits on a lonely road with a good amount of distance between them and a heavier population of people. Awaiting a guest on a stormy night, Mr. White describes it as such, Of all the beastly, slushy, out of the way places to live in, this is the worst. Pathway’s a bog, and the road’s a torrent. I don’t know what people are thinking about. I suppose
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