Nov. 3, 2014
1. What is the first clue that the monkey’s paw is not a good thing?
-Sgt. Major Moris warns that the monkey's paw is not good and throws it into the fire.
2. What is the second clue that something is not right about the paw?-The monkey's paw was dried like a mummy.
3. What is ironic about the wish? (Something is ironic when the thing that
happens is the exact opposite from what you had expected.)
-Every wish comes with a curse, or a consequence.
4. Why does the mother think the second wish will make everything right?-She thinks that the wish will bring her son back, but she doesn't understand the monkey's paw curse.
5. Why is the father afraid to make the second wish?-He understands the monkey's paw curse.
6. What do you think the third wish was? Why do you think this?
-The third wish was for the son to go away, because the father realized how literally the monkey's paw takes the wishes.
7. Why does the story start with the father and son playing chess? Does the father’s strategy at the chess game tell you anything about his personality? If so, what?
-The story starts out with the father and son playing chess to represent how the father takes unnecessary risks. Yes, it does because just like the chess game, he gambled with fate and fate won.
8.Sergeant Major Morris describes the monkey's paw in this way: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,...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. " What does Morris’ statement mean when you first read it? What does it mean after you have read the entire story? Is his comment significant? If so, why?
-In the beginning the message of the quote basically means that messing with fate ends up in tragedy. After reading the story, the same analysis reins true. but it is just more severe. Yes this comment reins true because every action you do has a consequence.
9.Why does Major Morris throw the monkey's paw onto the fire and why do the Whites react so strongly?-He is so depressed and mad with the monkey's paw, and the Whites only see the shiny ball in front of them, not the poison that the monkey's paw truly is.
10.What happens to Herbert White?-He gets mauled by a machine at his work.
11. What do you think happened at the end of the story? Why does Mr. White beg his wife not to let "it" into the house? What does he mean? What is he afraid of? Who or what was outside of the house?-I think that the late Herbert is the thing that is waiting outside. Mr. White calls his son it. because it is not his son. It is the awaken body of his dead son. Nothing was outside.
12.What makes Jacobs' style of writing unique? Read the following passage and think about how he puts his words together to create a mood. Underline words or passages that seem important to you.
"...and a horrible fear that his wish would bring his mangled son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him , and he caught his breath as he found he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way around the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand."
13.How does Jacobs set the mood and/or tone of the story? How does he build suspense? Think about the way he uses silence as a way to create a mood. What does he describe at the end as the husband and wife lie in bed waiting for their wish to come true?
-He adds an eery tone, and chilling words to set a suspenseful tone and mood throughout the story.