Saturday, October 15, 2011

"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs

(Friday's post) at least I make up for not getting things done hahah.

This story was a little more sad than scary, but it was still creepy toward the end. If you had a magical talisman, what three wishes would you ask for? How do you think they would turn out if it was a cursed talisman?

This couple received a monkey's paw, with a supposed spell on it that would grant the owner three wishes. Against the advice of the talisman's previous owner, they take it and their first wish is for two hundred pounds (money, of course), just to see if it would even work. Sure enough it did, but in ways that they certainly wish hadn't, and in a more ironic, coincidental way than magic.

Like I said, this was more of a sad story than a scary one; I like how this monkey's paw clearly has either dark magic or is a talisman of the devil in that it grants wishes, but at a horrible price. Kind of like a sick and twisted gift of the Magi type story, if you will. I really enjoyed reading it though, and still got a kick out of the ending.

And yes, I plan on taking breaks from studying over the next few days so that I don't fall behind in my blog again :P

- Justin

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