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WWJacobs presents an atmosphere of mystery and suspense in The Monkeys Paw The mystery of the Monkeys Paw is a cleverly thought out story The story had three main parts These parts were the first wish the second wish and the third wish It is written in third person Although this makes you more distant from the characters you get a more descriptive and a broader view of whats happening WWJacobs creates interest in the story with the word nothing The description is probably the main point which creates an atmosphere of mystery and suspense It first seems as a comfy family home where the fire burned brightly But it is in an area where it is cold and wet and the roads a torrent These comments by WWJacobs about the weather also reflect on the story At the beginning everything is perfect until the monkeys paw is introduced WWJacobs looks closely at the feeling of the story and relates it to the weather outside The main symbol in The Monkeys Paw is shown in the game of chess With the phrase checkmate it is shown that you cannot win and it is a game of radical changes as it says at the end The word checkmate hints at fate WWJacobs hints at what is to come in the story Checkmate and brave moves create radical changes Another symbol is the 200 They never anticipated the precise form of the money There was a more serious cost involved - the life of their son His death showed irony Herbert the son said previously in the story I dont see the money and I bet I never shall This is another hint of the future Herbert dies and never does see the money as it is compensation for his death The house is comfortable But it is isolated and vulnerable WWJacobs uses the house and atmosphere in Mr Whites comments to once again hint at the
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