Since the original publication of “The Monkey’s Paw” in 1902, this time-honored short story has served as an influential asset amongst parents, literature teachers, playwrights and movie directors from past to present day. As a result of W.W. Jacobs’s great use of literary devices this tale has many adaptations derived from the original , all of which still relating to the themes of the narrative. From stage plays, to on-screen productions this tale has been a thriving manuscript since its first debut. Today, the narrative is introduced in many school systems where teachers establish lessons that analyze Jacobs’s main ideas. Over the course of time “The Monkey’s Paw” remains notable and will continue to be shared and discussed for generations to come.
A variety of films, literary works and musical adaptations derived from “The Monkey’s Paw” starting from the 1920’s. According to Lauretta Thistle, the author of the 1956 article “One-Act Plays Staged At Fisher HS” complimented that the short story “ is a well-known little thriller.” In the reading Sergeant- Major defined the actual monkey paw as being,” just a bit of what you might call magic.” Including supernatural factors within the story has made the tale predominantly placed under the horror genre, many producers used this advantage to turn the writings into actual performances. Additionally, the 1974 movie “Deathdream” and the 1991 television show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Tale of the Twisted Claw” are described by Trent Moore to be current adaptations of the horrifying tale. Moore says in his article, “The Monkey’s Paw has been freaking us out for more than a century.” (“8 awesome adaptations of the classic horror tale The Monkey’s paw”)
Even though the theatrics of the tale are very captivating, the main literary elements of the story have been analyzed extensively over periods of time. Charles E May states that “Jacobs introduces the paw into the story using a device familiar from folklore.”...
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