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The Monkey’s Paw: Introduction
The Monkey’s Paw: Plot Summary
The Monkey’s Paw: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Monkey’s Paw: Themes
The Monkey’s Paw: Quotes
The Monkey’s Paw: Characters
The Monkey’s Paw: Symbols
The Monkey’s Paw: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of W. W. Jacobs
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- Full Title: The Monkey’s Paw
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1902
- Literary Period: Realism, Existentialism
- Genre: Horror, Short Story
- Setting: Laburnam Villa, the White’s home in England
- Climax: A knocking at the door could be the mangled corpse of Herbert, while Mr. White desperately uses the third wish to make Herbert disappear.
- Antagonist: The monkey’s paw, the unchangeability of fate
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Monkey’s Paw
Adaptations, Adaptations, Adaptations. The Monkey’s Paw has been adapted hundreds of times for stage, radio, and film, including a play produced in 1903, a year after the story was originally published, and a 2013 movie by the same name. Popular TV shows such as The Simpsons, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have aired episodes based on the story.
Isn’t It Ironic? Jacobs experienced popular success and acclaim in his lifetime for his humor writing, but today his funny stories and essays are all but forgotten. Ironically, modern readers remember Jacobs only for The Monkey’s Paw, a gruesome horror story.