The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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Re: The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

Post by BookaholicAuthor » 18 Aug 2016, 13:36

I have to admit I read this back in High School and still haven't forgotten a single detail of it. I loved it back then and still love this story up til this day. I swear, it makes my heart skip a beat when I read it.

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Post by Jjnessie 33 » 16 Oct 2016, 00:01

it was a little freaky

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Post by Erik » 04 Jan 2017, 23:08

This one was a required reading back in school... but I've since read it again, a few times. I find that as I get older, it effects me more.. after all, I've lost people now, which I hadn't when I was a teen. The idea of wishing a loved one back from death is something that I think occurs to everyone who is grieving, but only after you get a bit of distance, perspective, do you realize how selfish that wish is, especially if you believe that the dead move on to some sort of paradise. I don't hold that belief, of course, but I still understand that wishing a loved one back would likely mean extreme pain for that person, and I'd not wish that on anyone I claim to love. For me, this story was just as much about the selfishness of grief as it was a classic horror tale.

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Post by AlwaysWorthIt » 11 Apr 2017, 11:56

I first heard this story back in middle school. We read it and then went to see a short play of it. They did an amazing job playing exactly as the story portrayed. The mystery behind the foot, the solider, and the door was thrilling for me as a child and still doing that today shows the impact on this story.
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Post by hlc85 » 07 Aug 2017, 00:01

This is such a fascinating, memorable, and altogether sad short story that teaches the lesson "be careful what you wish for." This short story twists innocent wishes like small sums of money into nightmares. It is so depressing that the main characters lost their son to their wish and the mysterious ending leaves the reader in chills. My praise of the story does not give it enough credit, but the fact that movies like Wish Upon are still being made and are based on the general idea of "The Monkey's Paw" stands as a testament that this is still a relevant and intriguing premise.

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Post by Reuben 92 » 27 Aug 2017, 14:03

Such a creepy and sinister tale! The atmosphere really builds and builds. I remember reading this in school and shuddering towards the end!
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Post by Serina Vitrino » 28 Aug 2017, 12:33

I love this story! I remember I wrote an essay on it in high school and I got twenty points off the otherwise fine essay since I confused the author's last name for the White family. To this day I still mix them up! I don't know why

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Post by leandrarose » 04 Sep 2017, 12:46

I read this for English class in middle school. Back then, I believe I was slightly disturbed by the story, but I enjoyed it much more this time around.

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Post by Maestro Victor » 16 Nov 2017, 17:18

Really great story, it kinda got freaky at some point but it was totally okay

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Post by Klee942 » 11 Feb 2018, 18:09

Loved this short story and mystery that it brings throughout the story. I really wanted to know what or who was at the door. Reminds me of a horror movie with suspense.

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Post by Samy Lax » 16 Feb 2018, 02:32

Oh, wow! That was creepy. I remember having read this once before, but the creepiness factor still remains high. I've not watched this on TV, but as always, I believe that words hold a greater power than visuals on the telly. So, consider me spooked!
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