• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With reference to the The Monkeys Paw by W.W Jacobs and to The signalman by Charles Dickens I have to describe how these writers use the horror/suspense genre to explore philosophy and psychological issues.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Monkey's Paw With reference to the "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W Jacobs and to "The signalman" by Charles Dickens I have to describe how these writers use the horror/suspense genre to explore philosophy and psychological issues. The first story "The Monkey's Paw" tells the story of the White family two parents and one grown up son. In the story there is also a Sergeant Major. The Sergeant Major who has been to India sells the monkeys paw to Mr White because Mr White wants a change in his life and hopes the monkey's paw can do it for him. Mr White then makes a wish for �200 so he can pay the rest of his mortgage, the next day the son dies and he gets �200. Everyone in the family is wondering if it is coincidence that they wished for the money and now have it. The mother is now taken over by the lust of wishes and asks Mr White to wish their son alive again. The father agrees with the mother and makes the wish. The next day there is a knock at the door but they are all so scared that they make their last wish for their son to go back to his grave. The writer sets the scene as a cold winter night by describing the house and writing " the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly". ...read more.

Middle

The Sergeant Major then caves in and starts telling Mr White and his son about the monkey's paw and how a old fakir put a spell on it because he wanted to show that fate ruled peoples lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. With this sentence the writer describes the moral of the story and the philosophy of life. The father then asks if he has had his three wishes and reply's "I have" but his blotchy face whitens which tells the reader something scary happened when he made his wishes. He then tells them that his wishes have come true but he doesn't know why he keeps it. The Sergeant Major then makes the decision of not selling the monkey's paw to the father and chucks it in the fire. At this point the father is already tempted by the offer and bends down and grabs it out of the fire. Mrs White then walks out to the kitchen to put the dinner on and says "Don't you think you might wish for four pairs of hands for me?" This tells the reader that the wife doesn't believe in the whole three wishes malarkey, so she jokes about it. Eventually after all this discussion Mr White decides to buy the monkey's paw. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr white has dosed off when Mrs White shouts "the paw! She wailed loudly the monkeys paw". The wife realises that they still have two wishes left and asks Mr White to use one of their wishes to wish their son alive again. After a lot of arguement Mr White agrees and wishes for his son alive again. This tells the reader that Mr White can do what he wants but can be persuaded in to doing other things. The next evening with everyone thinking that is impossible for their wish to come true, there is a knock at the door to outside were it is dark and windy. Mr and Mrs White and the Sergeant Major all look at each other in great horror thinking that the wish has come true. Mrs White then runs In despair to open the door but Mr White holds her back. Mrs White escapes from her husband's hands and trys to open the door. As Mrs White trys to open the door Mr White searches for the paw. Just as he hears the sliding of the lock on the door he finds the paw and frantically breaths his last wish. Then the knocking stops but the echoes carry on through the house as the door opens. There is a wail of disappointment from Mrs White and Mr White walks over to her to comfort her. The psychological meaning to this story is sometimes wishing for material things can bring bad luck, so you shouldn't be greedy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How is tension and suspense built up in 'The Monkey's Paw' & 'The Signalman?'

    4 star(s)

    When the old man's match went out for no reason "At the foot of the stairs the match went out" The match went out for no reason this adds fear and tension and the old man is plummeted in darkness.

  2. How does W.W Jacobs create fear and tension in his sotry, "the Monkey's Paw"?

    The use of the word 'sinister' adds to the horror of this part of the story. The final twist of this part comes at the end of this instalment, and will leave the reader shocked and in sorrow for the family, ' "They wish to present you with a certain

  1. The Monkeys Paw

    The mood is added to by the line "the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly", which implies that the people inside the house are trying to ignore the weather and keep warm.

  2. The Monkey's Paw and Red Room Comparison

    The word 'bog' is used to add to this description of a desolate area, and the word bog itself could mean a place where there is a sea of mud, furthering the impression that the house is stranded. The ominous atmosphere is created by using various pathetic fallacies.

  1. The Use of the Supernatural in the Three Stories: The Withered Arm, The Red ...

    This quote is an example of how tension can be built up by using descriptive fast-moving sentences. The use of fast sentences and horror combined portrays a supernatural feeling. Mutilation is also a common feature used to describe supernatural characters, they are not normal and they are fear-provoking; witches are often deformed and have ghastly appearances.

  2. Gothic essay, monkey's paw

    the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess" This use of contrast in settings significantly enhances the welcoming setting of the home, creating an inviting atmosphere for the opening of the story. The settings used by Dickens skilfully creates an isolated feeling for the signalman's dwelling, contrasting the light atmosphere above the

  1. The monkeys paw

    He has just returned from a visit to India. In the 1890's around the time when the monkeys paw was written India was a mystifying area to westerners where people thought that every thing was different. People also believed that there were magicians or fakirs that practiced in the art of black magic.

  2. Compare and contrast The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs and The Speckled Band by ...

    Both characters contribute significantly to the suspense and tension within the stories. Sgt. Major Morris appears in 'The Monkeys Paw', and Dr. Grimesby Roylott in 'The Speckled Band'. There are some subtle similarities such as Sgt. Major Morris being red faced and sharp eyed 'At the third glass his eyes got brighter'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work