Fatal Mistakes Essay

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William Zhou Mr. McFarlin Period 6 21 August 2014 Fatal Mistakes In an age when the world is dominated with religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, little would one expect a person to try to change fate (Hook). However, in his short story “The Monkey’s Paw”, W.W. Jacobs illustrates a character, Mr. White, who attempts to do just that (Author/Story Name). Mr. White’s family, consisting of him, his son Herbert, and his wife, receives a monkey’s paw from the Sergeant Major Morris, who repeatedly warns Mr. White not to use it. After Morris departs, Mr. White disregards the warning and uses the first wish for two hundred pounds, and Herbert White perishes the next day, to the agony of both his parents. Mr. White receives two hundred pounds from the firm at which Herbert worked as compensation for their loss. After grieving for several days, Mrs. White suddenly commands Mr. White to use a second wish to resurrect their son. At first, Mr. White was repulsed that Herbert’s marred body may return, but soon he made the wish under heavy pressure from his wife. Moments later, they knocking, and while Mrs. White rushes to the front door, Mr. White whispers his final wish, presumably to return his son to the dead (Plot). Mr. White is shown as a sophisticated character. Jacobs uses dramatic irony to convey that curiosity can cause ignorance and lead to disaster, and uses foreshadowing and a sinister mood to prove that people often try to change fate, which frequently leads to catastrophe (Thesis). Jacobs conveys that curiosity can cause ignorance and lead to disaster using dramatic irony (TS). After Sergeant Major Morris presses Mr. White to “throw it away”, and gives subtle warnings, such as the fact that the first man wished for death, Mr. White still keeps the monkey’s paw, even though he has “all [he] wants” (CD) . It is clear that the paw was a dangerous

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