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Essay Question: In the story, the author uses several important symbols to help the reader understand what is

happening or going to happen. Discuss at least three symbols and what they mean in the context of the story: day vs night, number three, candles, fire, season, or chess. I need help writing/editing the introduction.


"Be careful for what you wish for" underlines a theme of regretting a wish that was achieved through supernatural advantage in the short story, The Monkey's Paw, written by W.W. Jacobs. In the story, three wishes are granted to the one who possess the monkey's paw, however, the wishes lead to unpleasant consequences due to altering with fate. The author uses foreshadowing as a tool to give readers clues on what to expect later in the story as well as ranking up suspense and in order to do use, he uses several important symbols. Jacobs uses many symbols, however, they are three main symbols that are significant: chess, number three, and season. 

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