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The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs – English Short Story

Last updated on May 5, 2023 by in English Short Stories Category with 6 Comments on The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs – English Short Story, 42 Views and Reading Time: 21 minutes
The Money’s Paw The Money’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs Available in the public domain at: https://www.gutenberg.org/ Part I. Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about

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6 comments on “The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs – English Short Story”

  1. I think the gist of this story is related to an old philosophical belief especially Eastern philosophy, as they have believed to destiny and fate or determinism and free will and have mentioned that every person had a predestined destiny and cannot change his/her own destiny. This is reflected in this story when Sergeant major said that an old fakir , a holy man, had put a spell on the monkey’s paw and wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow as it led to deep grief of Mr and Mrs white.

    • That is indeed the main theme of this short story. In other words, trying to intervene in or alter the natural course of life might yield dire consequences sooner or later, according to the philosophy behind this short story.

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