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 to their sorrow” (Jacobs, section one). Regardless of Morris’s cautionary advice Mr. White, encouraged by his son, uses the monkeys paw to wish for money.
The second iteration of The Monkey’s Paw reveals the consequences of the use of the cursed talisman through the death of the White’s son. This distressing news, along with the money wished for, is conveyed by a second visitor to the Whites home, a representative of the company where Herbert White works. At first the couple does not understand the motive behind his visit until he states, “Your son was badly hurt…. But not in any pain…In consideration for their son’s services they (the company) wish to service you….with two hundred pounds” (Jacobs, section two).The White’s, distraught by the news, have a slight inkling of the connection to the magic paw, yet cling to the idea that it is just an unfortunate coincidence. Morris’ warning presented in the first iteration is confirmed, and the dilemma further develops, by the death of the White’s son Herbert and their recen