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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.

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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.


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.


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.

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