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Symbols in The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey’s Paw: As the subject around which the story’s action revolves, the monkey’s paw represents the limitless power of fate. Through the paw’s magic, the Whites’ wishes are fulfilled, but in a very different way than they anticipated. Therefore, the paw as a symbols supports the theme of the danger of tempting fate.

Symbols Examples in The Monkey's Paw:



"threw it upon the fire. ..."   (I.)

The fire represents chaos and a lack of control

"putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils..."   (I.)

"his king"—possibly referring to himself or his son? potentially foreshadowing.

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