The Monkey’s Paw

by

W. W. Jacobs

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The Company Representative / The Stranger Character Analysis

The company representative visits Mr. White and Mrs. White to tell them their son Herbert is dead. He represents the company that owns the factory where Herbert worked before he was killed in a machinery accident. When he speaks, he is visibly uncomfortable, and awkward and indirect in his speech, so much so that it takes the Whites a few moments to realize that their son is dead. The representative states that he only came to the Whites because his company asked him to, and that the company takes no responsibility for Herbert’s death. In his cold and formal attitude, the representative shows the exploitative, inhumane nature of industrialization and the capitalist factory owners, who do not really care about the violent deaths of their workers.

The Company Representative / The Stranger Quotes in The Monkey’s Paw

The The Monkey’s Paw quotes below are all either spoken by The Company Representative / The Stranger or refer to The Company Representative / The Stranger. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Academy Chicago Publishers edition of The Monkey’s Paw published in 1997.
Part II Quotes

“I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility…They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son’s services, they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation.”

Page Number: 25
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The Company Representative / The Stranger Character Timeline in The Monkey’s Paw

The timeline below shows where the character The Company Representative / The Stranger appears in The Monkey’s Paw. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part II
Fate vs. Freewill Theme Icon
The Uncertainty of Reality Theme Icon
Inside vs. Outside Theme Icon
...the door when the mailman knocks. She also feels uneasy when she sees a well-dressed stranger lingering outside their gate. When he finally enters the gate to the property, Mrs. White... (full context)
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Industrialization Theme Icon
The stranger seems troubled and distracted as the Whites welcome him. He says he is a representative... (full context)
Industrialization Theme Icon
The representative says that the company wished him “to convey their sincere sympathy with you in your... (full context)
Fate vs. Freewill Theme Icon
Industrialization Theme Icon
The representative says that while the company takes no responsibility for Herbert’s death, they can offer monetary... (full context)