What Is The Mood Of A Monkey's Paw

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The short story "A Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs is about the White family, who is one night visited by sergeant-Major Morris. He came with a gift for the family. The gift was a Monkey's Paw, "' It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,"' said the sergeant-major, "'a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow"'. The monkey’s paw would give each person that had it three wishes. The sergeant thinks the family should not have the paw, because he doesn't want any harm to come to their family, so he throws the paw into the fire. Mr. White jumps into the fire to save it and asks the sergeant to keep it. The sergeant warned him to throw it back into the fire like a sensible …show more content…
Jacobs did an amazing job portraying suspense by using words and phrases that make the story exciting. The suspenseful mood of the story also makes you nervous. There were many parts of the story when I found myself getting nervous for the characters and feeling their pain. One part specifically is when the visitor from the place Herbert white worked came and told the family that their son had been caught in a machine and was killed. The words the author used to describe the pain Mrs. White was feeling made me feel badly for them, “Unconscious of his wife's shriek, the old man smiled faintly, put out his hands like a sightless man, and dropped, a senseless heap, to the floor”. I found myself being nervous towards the end of the story when the couple made the wish to bring their son back to life and Mr. White was terrified that his son would come back a demon creature that had been ripped up. His wife forced him to make the wish and once he did you could tell he was terrified. Once they heard the knocks on the door that’s when the real fear crept over Mr. White and it made the reader fearful too. The suspense of the story makes you want to keep reading. With each word the reader becomes more engaged to the story and to the

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