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How is Tension built up in The Monkeys Paw and The Red RoomThe success of any short story depends upon the skill with which the plot moves The writer does not have the time to develop ideas that he has in a novel but at the same time all those elements must be presentThe unusual element in The Monkeys Paw is how much the plot depends upon coincidence and irony The successful use of these knits the story together and contributes to the tension Examples of this are The coincidence of the Monkeys Paw being in the possession of Morris The fact it is given movement and a sort of life personification as wishes are made suggest a possible disaster For instance the piano crashes you hear the man cry out and the paw moves when a wish is made The paw is clearly a bad omen For instance the third wish of the original owner was for death which suggests that the other two wishes brought unhappiness Morris says I warn you of the consequences Clearly here however innocent the wish Morris knows it will end badly Dont blame me for what happens The major coincidence centred on the 200 How could 200 hurt you She will soon find out There are two climaxes in the story The first is how they get the 200 the fact that Hubert did not only die but the way he died a horrible mutilated death and the second the tension associated with the knocking at the door Hubert the son is himself the focus in what happens to him of some tragic irony He refers to the money and uses the words before I come back and he never does come back His mother says of her son when he comes home again he never does come home Hubert himself says prophetically I dont see the money and I bet I never shall This is tragic ironyLanguage
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