Mr. White sits before the dying fire and imagines he sees terrible, simian faces within in it; this is a creepy and powerful image that foreshadows the doom to come.
Imagery: The dead Herbert
While Jacobs does not fully describe Herbert's mangled body and what he might look like raised from the dead, he gives readers just enough to conjure up a terrible and frightening image in their head; herein lies some of the potency of the way in which Jacobs tells his tale.
Imagery: The Night
The image of Mr. and Mrs. White waiting in the flickering candlelight for Herbert, the slow expiration of the candle, their silent trudge back to their cold bed, and their mournful rest is sorrowful as well as ominous, for the reader expects that something will interrupt this quiet darkness soon enough.
Imagery: The Deserted Road
The very last image is a quietly spooky one: having gathered courage after the knocking stopped, the Whites look out their door and see nothing but a streep lamp flickering on a deserted road. All is silent, and there is no trace of their dead son. This image calls into question everything that has just happened, or not happened. Was it really Herbert? Was there really knocking at all? If it was Herbert, where is he now? What exactly did Mr. White wish for?
The Monkey’s Paw Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Monkey’s Paw is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Mr. White wanted 200 pounds and he jokingly made the wish. The next day, when their son Herbert goes off to work, later that evening they obtain a message and are told their son has died in a work accident but is also notified that Herbert has...