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The Monkeys Paw "The Monkey's Paw" is W.W. Jacobs' most famous story and is considered to be a classic of horror fiction. It first appeared in Harper's Monthly magazine in 1902, and was reprinted in his third collection of short stories, The Lady of the Barge, also published in 1902. The story has since been published in many anthologies, adapted for the stage, and made into films. "The Monkey's Paw" was well received when Jacobs first published it; the story garnered rave reviews from some of the most important critics writing at the turn of the century. The story was also very popular with readers. "The Monkey's Paw" was written in Victorian times. It is a typical Victorian horror story, a genre which was very popular at the time it was written. Many writers popularized the horror genre at the time (eg. H.G. Wells) but it owes most of its popularity to the change in social-economic factors. ...read more.


It also helps the mood, as most of the people reading the story, would have a dimly lit house with a fire place and that would help them imagine the scene. The first thing we find out about the White family is their surname, the writer uses "White", this tells us that they are a normal family, which builds up terror, but also implies that the White family might be innocent. Mr. White is the man of the family; it starts with him playing chess with his son, Herbert. The writer uses words such as "radical chances" to show that Mr. White is a man willing to take chances, this create terror as it tells us that he could take a chance if it would benefit him. The writer doesn't give much of a physical description of Mr. White; this adds mystery to his character. Mr. White changes towards the end of the story, after Herbert's death, and during the story his mood goes up and down many times, this creates terror and suspense as you know there will be a change in his mood, but you don't know how or what will happen. ...read more.


White changes from a man who takes chances, to a man very aware of his consequences, this is called WORD NEEDED HERE. Herbert White, the son of Mrs. And Mr. White, is made to look intelligent; the writer does this by using short sentences when he speaks. Only when he wants Herbert to seem doubtful, does the writer use longer sentences. Herbert White is the only member of the white family that has been given a first name; this makes it more dramatic when he dies as the reader feels slightly closer to him then the rest of the family. Herbert is very much the typical 'victim' of the horror genre; he has doubts which lead to his downfall. He is the only person is one of the most horrific sections of the story, where he sees faces in the mirror, this, while creating terror, implies that "the monkey's paw" has some sort of a connection with Herbert. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Monkey's Paw Oliver Slark English Cause Work 10S2 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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