2W. W. Jacobs ( )Although W.W. Jacobs wrote mostly comic stories, he is best-known for his horrifying tale The Monkey’s 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.Jacobs wrote dozens of short story collections and a number of plays. The Monkey’s Paw was first published in 1902.
3MONKEY ELEMENTS LITERARY IN CONFLICT MOOD CHARACTERIZATION SYMBOLISM Something representing something elseOverall feeling of the storyProblem in a storyDescription of characters in a storyLITERARYELEMENTSMONKEYINCONFLICTMOODCHARACTERIZATIONSYMBOLISM
4READING BEFORE prediction three wishes Read the title and peruse the story. Make abased on what you see as to what the story might be about.predictionWhat is the story of Aladdin about? What is the genie supposed to do? What would you wish for with ?three wishes
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6The story was published in 1902 The story was published in The setting of this story takes place in London around the turn 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.STORYBACKGROUND
7Read The Monkey’s Paw to: Find out how the author’s descriptive words are used to create the mood of the story.Find out how a character’s experiences and motivations influences the decisions they make.
8AfterReadingIn The Monkey’s Paw, a man’s wish ends up leading to terrible consequences. What do you suppose Jacobs might be trying to tell us as readers?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.
9The Monkey’s Paw Extra Credit If you were to change the monkey’s 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 monkey’s paw. (15 pts)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)