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Explore the different techniques thatW.W. Jacobs uses to create suspenseIn 'The Monkeys Paw'.

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Explore the different techniques that W.W. Jacobs uses to create suspense In 'The Monkeys Paw'. The Monkey's Paw was written in 1902, a significant time in British history. At this point in history British rule governed a quarter of the Earth's population. It was known as the British Empire and India is just one of the countries included. In Jacobs' story the Sergeant Major who went to India to work in a colony came home after more than twenty years, entertains the White family with exciting and gruel some stories. Thousands of British men went to the East to learn about cultures and traditions. As they returned they brought interesting stories and souvenirs. The character just returned from India was a regular feature in British popular fiction at the turn of the century. Gothic genre stories were popular in those times. WW Jacobs was a Londoner who lived near the river and so he often included sailors & travellers in his stories. The Monkey's Paw's setting and content makes the story a gothic horror story. During these times Gothic Horror stories were very popular. Frankenstein and Dracula were the most well known stories. ...read more.


It creates atmosphere because as he mentions a spell was put on it by an old fakir. The character creates suspense in the story through the things they do and say. When the Sergeant-Major arrives he says 'It had a spell put on it by an old fakir'. He wanted to show that fate ruled the world, and that 3 separate men could have 3 separate wishes from it. That quote grabs Mr. White's and everybody's attention because he said 3 wishes can be made but he also said 'The man before me, his last wish was for death'. Now that line creates tension as he makes the reader ask himself, 'What did he do, that he asked for death? Herbert makes a joke about the Paw when his father wished for 200 pounds. He says 'I expect you'll find the money tied up in a big bag in the middle of your bed' as he did not take the Paw seriously, because he doesn't know that he is going to die. Mr. White believes in the curse because he is the one who made the wish and as the Sergeant Major said, he said the same. ...read more.


was throwing pulsating shadows on the ceilings and walls, until, with a flicker, it expired. These words suggest that there's an image of darkness, shadows and death because expired represents going out or death. The quotes 'he stood motionless, his breath suspended' show that the old man is terrified. When the old man is scrambling for the Paw, trying to stop the entry of his dead son in to the house, the author uses short sentences and as you read your breath quickens it builds up tension and action. 'A perfect fusillade of knocks' that suggests the knocks are surrounding Mr. White and a pattern is occurring and going all through the house. He also creates more suspense as he says that it starts quiet. As the first knock occurred he said it 'sounded on the door' then a 'third knock sounded through the house'. It gets louder and faster and then it stopped. 'The knocking suddenly ceased'. Throughout the story WW Jacobs creates suspense and tension as he uses the right words and type of sentences at the right time. In the "Monkey's Paw" I have discovered that WW Jacobs builds up suspense and tension by using different techniques. He is successful at building the suspense as he makes want to read on to see what happens. ?? ?? ?? ?? UWAIS KOMAL ...read more.

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