In this day, you know that a good scary story always starts out like that. It sets the mood for something mysterious and chilling. There isn’t even time to set up the characters, it just starts out in the middle of their lives. The man who brings in the paw of the monkey doesn’t even have that much introduction. We just have to keep following where W. W. Jacob’s takes us. But then comes the thing that really draws us in, the monkeys paw and its magic. It was such a quick draw for such a short story. The paw of the monkey is the main allegory of the story.
It represents a lot of ideas. First, the paw represents desire and greed. The paw is something for the family to use as a quick-fix. They are warned that the wishes it grants can bring a lot of pain and misery but it doesn’t matter to them because the idea of what kinds of things they could have is way more important. The White family wasn’t a family of need, and they were a family who joked with each other and had good senses of humor. But even they fell into the temptation. Later, after the tragedies have happened, the paw could represent guilt.
It was easy to blame the paw for the tragic death of their son. When someone dies, it is easy to blame others or yourself. So the paw was a good thing to blame because without it, if death of their son still happened, the blame would have been for entirely different reasons. They can’t change things and they want to blame something else for how things have happened. The paw becomes that symbol of blame and of guilt. There really wasn’t a whole lot of figurative language in the story. Instead, the entire story itself was an example of figurative language. It was a very ironic story.
Something that was supposed to bring good fortune and ood things instead brought terrible tragedies so that those wishes could come true. An example of a simile is that the paw seemed to be alive, too, even though it was no longer attached to the monkey it came from. “It moved,” he cried, with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. “As I wished, it twisted in my hand like a snake. ” What better way to describe a feeling so horrible and scary than a snake twisting in your hand? The paw isn’t alive, and it’s not a snake. But it sure is bringing the feeling of being alive and twisting.
Because of y faith, I don’t believe in letting objects that are enchanted with magic guide my decisions or my life, but in this modern world, I can see how easy it is to be duped by them. It is also very sad to see that even a very long time ago, greed, desires to have things, temptation, even blaming something else can still control a person’s actions. It is easy to see why the White family was so easily tricked by the paw, who wouldn’t give up the chance to take a wish granted to them? But it is only the easy way to do things. We shouldn’t let things take the place of our own work and dedication.
Temptation and greed can lead us to do crazy things, even lose our minds like Mrs. White did. If you think about it further, this story could even be all about the crazy things our imaginations or belief in false things lead us to do. What if the son’s death and money was completely coincidental? What if the knock at the end of the story wasn’t really the son come back to life because of a desperate, greedy, guilt-ridden wish but their imagination made them believe it? We shouldn’t let our minds be easily guided by things that are false or even enchanted. We should know what is true and believe and do only what is right.