The Monkey’s Paw: A Symbol of Greed and Its Consequences

3 pages | 770 words

The Monkey's Paw is a short story written by W. W. Jacobs and first published in 1902. It is considered to be a classic horror story and has been adapted for stage, screen and radio multiple times. The story tells of Mr. and Mrs. White, who are given a monkey's paw by their friend, Sergeant-major Morris. The paw is said to have the power to grant three wishes, but Morris warns them to be careful what they wish for. Of course, the Whites don't heed his warning and make their first wish: for £200 to come to them quickly, no matter what the cost. And, true to his word, Sergeant-major Morris returns with £200 in cash - but also the news that their son Herbert has been killed in a horrific factory accident. The story is full of suspense and