In W.W. Jacobs’s short story “The Monkey’s Paw” the old man can be perceived as the antagonist, but is he? Mr. White (the old man) is more like a sheep in wolfs clothing. He is just an old man who has to make some bad dictions to save his beloved wife. He goes in with the best of intentions, trying to get his wife to not make a grave mistake. Later causing his son’s death… Again.
In the rise before the fall the old man tries convince his wife to not wish their dead son back to life. “’Wish’ she [cries], in a strong voice. ‘It is foolish and wicked’ he [falters].” trying to get her to stop with the “foolish” wish. The old woman pressures him into wishing for their son back. After the wish is seemingly left ungranted and “With an unspeakable