Conflict And Foreshadowing In The Monkey's Paw By W. Jacobs

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If you think some of the best thing in life have to consequences, you're wrong, the choices that may seem the best may turn out to be the worst. In “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, the White family comes across the possession of a monkey’s paw that they got from a friend, this paw gives the family three wishes. They think they can wish without horrible outcomes, but they are severely wrong. This monkey's paw may be the worst thing that happens to the family. Bringing the death of their son, Herbert, as well as the awful decision of Mrs. White to bring Herbert back to life. This being the worst decision they made in either of their lives. Conflict and foreshadowing are detrimental to the story, they provide what this story needs to be as suspenseful and as interesting of a story as it really is.…show more content…
This story’s conflict is revealed when the Whites are making their first wish using the monkey’s paw. Which is man vs. self. In the text, the narrator reveals, “Well, wish for two hundred pounds, then; that’ll just do it.” (Jacobs 28). This event reveals that it is in fact a man vs. self conflict. The reader now knows this by Mr. White is wishing for something, which might cause the conflict to fall back on him, making the conflict man vs. self. In The Monkey’s Paw, the author mentions, “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.” (Jacobs 28). The statement discloses the fact that there are already bad/weird things that are starting to happen as soon as the family makes their first wish with the

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