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Comparison of “monkeys paw” and “let loose”

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COMPARISON OF "MONKEYS PAW" AND "LET LOOSE" Stacey Drew Mrs Bell 11A4/11RA 13 March 2002 Introduction: This essay is to compare the way the writers create a sense of horror in their stories. I. The surroundings A. Monkeys paw 1. It is set in the family's house. This doesn't seem very scary. The weather is cold and windy representing winter. 2. As the monkeys paw is introduced the room changes, becomes cold and as if it had become unknown even to the owners. B. Let loose 1. Set in a little village in the middle of nowhere. The main setting is the cemetery. 2. The weather is baking, like in the middle of the summer, but is cold in the crypt where the fresco is. II. Dialogue A. Monkeys paw 1. At the beginning there is some speech that seems unreal and forced between the father and son. 2. When the major is talking it is like he is talking to a group of school children as they all sit around in a circle B. ...read more.


People see their houses as being safe. The weather outside is wet and windy. Their house is protecting them from the cruel outside world. But when the major brings in this monkeys paw he penetrates the houses barriers and the house is safe no more. The house seems cold and unwelcoming after the monkeys paw has had its first wish. The story doesn't move from the house until the funeral and that is only for one paragraph and it doesn't say about getting there or back. Let loose is set in a small village in the middle of nowhere, which for some people is scary in a sense all on its own, because if any thing was to happen they couldn't get anywhere fast. The writer doesn't say much about what the cemetery or the village looks like so we have to make it up in our own minds. Most of us when thinking of cemeteries think of ghosts, ivy, and tombstones etc. ...read more.


The writer also wrote a lot of the significant and insignificant parts in threes. There were three warnings from the major, three wishes, three knocks on the door, and many more. The number three is often seen as mystical and magic and the way that this has been used in the story reinforces the idea of witchcraft or supernatural forces. Let loose also uses the power of three this time by using three narrators to tell the story. The story starts with the writer laying out the setting for the story. This then switches to a conversation between the Architect's Assistant and the Architect who plays the main role within the tale. The sentences are complied using language and form that is much harder to understand that the language used in the Monkey's Paw. Conclusion I felt that Let Loose was more effective as it left much more to the imagination and the language and compilation of the sentences gave the story a much more eerie and spooky feel. The Monkey's Paw was more specific ...read more.

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