"The Monkey's Paw" may be less well known to modern readers than some of the stories it inspired. Stephen King's bestselling novel , the nightmare-inducing story of a cemetery that has the power to bring animals (and maybe even people) back to life, is directly inspired by Jacobs' story. Then there's the , which is a Simpsonesque retelling of this story. This story is so good that when you read it, it might inspire you to write or film your own scary (or funny) story based on it – and we bet W.W. Jacobs would be happy if you did.
From reading "The Monkey's Paw" you might get the idea that Jacobs wrote mostly horror stories, like . Not so. In his day, Jacobs was known as a writer of comedies. This is why you might detect some humor running between the lines of this spooky tale. As with stories from Stephen King or any good horror writer, the infusion of a little humor makes the scary parts even scarier. Okay, now are you ready to read "The Monkey's Paw"?
In gothic stories, they are usually set in a remote and isolated area, as in the ‘Monkey’s Paw’ it is set in a remote village were there is only 2 houses inhabited.
The Monkey's paw would have been this effective of a story in its time because I think it had everything that needs to be in a horror story of anytime and I am going to show that in my essay....
This is one of those "be careful what you wish for" stories. It makes us think about everything we've wished for in the past, and everything we might wish for in the future. Instead of making us feel more desperate for a new Mustang, though, by the end of the story, we're feeling like our life if is pretty darn good as it is. Saving up for a car the old-fashioned way sure seems a lot better than wishing on a cursed monkey's paw. But maybe that's just us.
Most writers are influenced and inspired by the books they themselves read. Even the most famous author of all – Big – borrowed almost all of his ideas from other stories and changed them around to create his masterpieces. "The Monkey's Paw" is an adaptation of another story of three wishes gone wrong, from (a.k.a. Arabian Nights), a very famous collection of stories from the Middle East and South Asia. One Thousand and One Nights is most famous for the character of Aladdin, which you probably know in its fabulously .
"The Monkey's Paw" is the story of the White family and what happens to them when they get a mystical, magical monkey's paw that has the power to grant three wishes. We warn you, this is a scary story, so you might want to do it to the max. You know, read while sitting around a campfire, or on a dark and story night, when you're all alone.
In "The Monkey's Paw," wishes do come true, but there's a catch. These wishes are granted with dark, scary magic that involves no Disney happily-ever-afters. (Yep, if you're the kind of person who can't get enough of Ouija boards, tarot cards, and late-night séances, you're going to love "The Monkey's Paw.")
In our opinion, that is due to the fact that there is a complete focus on the development of the story since the arrival of the monkey's paw, and that there are several omissions of facts in the beginning and in th...