The Monkey

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Treble structure is a form of narrative divided into three sections, referred to as iterations, and can be applied to W.W. Jacobs’, The Monkey’s Paw. The treble configuration systematically outlines, develops, and provides a conclusion to the central dilemma within the story. In The Monkeys Paw the second iteration reinforces the initial implication of the first, while the third provides closure for the main character. The first iteration of The Monkey's Paw introduces a visitor, Sergeant-Major Morris, to the White family home, which in turn sets the scene for the tale. He brings with him a magic talisman which grants its bearer three wishes. Morris reluctantly bequeaths the monkey's paw to the family along with a serious warning, “The object had a spell put on it by a Fakir….a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that who interfered with it did so Continue...

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