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The Monkeys Paw By W. W. Jacobs. W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943) The Monkeys Paw Although W.W. Jacobs wrote mostly comic stories, he is best- known for his horrifying.

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1 The Monkeys Paw By W. W. Jacobs

2 W. W. Jacobs ( ) The Monkeys Paw Although W.W. Jacobs wrote mostly comic stories, he is best- known for his horrifying tale The Monkeys Paw. Jacobs grew up among sailors and dock-workers on the banks of the Thames River in London where he set many of his humorous stories. As an adult, he worked as a bank clerk, a job that bored him, and he wrote in his spare time. He worked at the bank for nearly twenty years before he was able to quit and earn his living as a full-time writer. TheMonkeys Paw Jacobs wrote dozens of short story collections and a number of plays. The Monkeys Paw was first published in 1902.

3 Overall feeling of the story Description of characters in a story Problem in a story LITERARY IN ELEMENTS CHARACTERIZATION MOOD MONKEY CONFLICT SYMBOLISM Something representing something else

4 BEFORE READING Read the title and peruse the story. Make a based on what you see as to what the story might be about. prediction What is the story of Aladdin about? What is the genie supposed to do? What would you wish for with ? three wishes

5 Vocabulary to know sergeant major keenly peril compensation mischief solemnly gains mutilated hospitable inquired assure fatal dubiously Profits Payment Sharply Risky or dangerous Open and inviting Completely destroyed Tendency to play tricks or cause destruction Deadly Seriously Asked Army or Marine officer Uncertainly or doubtfully To give confidence

6 The story was published in The setting of this story takes place in London around the t urn of the century. One of the main characters in the story is a sergeant who has returned from a tour of duty in India. India became a colony of Great Britain in the mid-1800s and did not gain independence until During this time, it was common for British soldiers to serve in India. STORY BACKGROUND

7 Read The Monkeys Paw to: characters experiences motivations decisions Find out how a characters experiences and motivations influences the decisions they make. descriptive words mood Find out how the authors descriptive words are used to create the mood of the story.

8 Reading After consequences In The Monkeys Paw, a mans wish ends up leading to terrible consequences. What do you suppose Jacobs might be trying to tell us as readers? events support At what point in the story could you predict that Herbert is killed in an accident? Include specific events from the story to support your answer.

9 The Monkeys Paw Extra Credit plot If you were to change the monkeys paw to another item, what would it be? Draw and color a picture of your new item with a description of why it would be better to fit the plot of the story than the monkeys paw. (15 pts) mood Suppose you were asked to give input for a tv show based on the story. Write a memo (half to full page) to the director suggesting ways to create the proper mood. Suggest a location, actors, and music that will help create the mood. Give reasons for your choices. (20 pts)


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