Topic: Family, Life & ExperiencesEmotions

Last updated: April 27, 2019

In ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, Jacobs uses many different types of tone, language, and many other devices that create a really good mystery story.

At the beginning of the story, the language is calm for the inside of the house, ‘the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly.’ Shows that inside the house was a cozy atmosphere compared with the language used to describe the outside. Jacob’s language that he uses in this part of the story could be seen as normal, but he could actually be talking about the future, for example, ‘putting his king in such sharp and unnecessary perils’ can be seen as describing the game of chess but replace ‘king’ with family and it portrays the future. This family is in danger as Morris arrives with the monkey’s paw.

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This makes it sound like something scary or mysteries will happen. He also says “of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst. Pathways a bog, and the road’s a torrent”. And then he explains that by saying “I don’t know what people are thinking about. I suppose because only two houses in the road are let, they think it doesn’t matter.”. This explains how stranded and lonely they are.

In conclusion Jacobs, with his use of language keeps excitement, tension and suspense, and with the way the story unravels, the reader becomes very attached to the characters even though it is a short story, feeling emotions for the characters, such as sorrow.


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