The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw Irony

Dramatic Irony: Wishes

There is a great deal of irony in regards to all of the wishes made by the people possessing the paw. The first man's last wish was for death, and, technically, so is Mr. White's – for the death of his already-dead son. There is irony in the fact that Herbert dies when he was the most excited for the money. There is also irony in that the Whites think the paw will bring blessings, when it instead brings curses.