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Mr White a character in the monkeys paw develops the theme things are not always as they seem throughout the short-story To begin with when Mr White is initially introduced to the monkeys paw he sees it as an ordinary Indian souvenir When Sergeant-Major Morris tells the Whites about India he tells them of a paw that has special abilities but Mr White doesnt believe And what is there special about it inquired Mr White as he took it from his son and having examined it placed it upon the table Mr White is seeing the paw for the first time and he sees it as a piece of Indian culture without any of the magic Sergeant- Major Morris claimed to be attached to it However the reader understands that the paw is not ordinary because it has been cursed by a fakir and it has the power to cause serious problems for the users Pursuing this further Mr White claims to have everything he wants but ironically he wants a better house While trying to decide on what to wish for Mr White tells his family he has everything he wants but Herbert points out this is not so saying If you only cleaned the house youd be quite happy wouldnt you said Herbert Mr White says he has everything he wants but Herbert White reminds him that he does not have the better house he wants which means he does not have everything he wants The reality is that Mr White despite having a warm loving and beautiful family is still not satisfied He does not think of the protection and shelter the house provides for him and his family especially during the storm This greed makes Herbert able to manipulate his father into wishing for 200 pounds to make the house better Finally Mr White believes the paw is a tool for granting happy wishes which stands in contrast to what the
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