The Monkey's Paw by W.W Jacobs and The Signalman by Charles Dickens

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With reference to the The Monkey's Paw by W.W Jacobs and to The signalman by Charles Dickens I have to describe how these writers use the horror/ suspense genre to explore philosophy and psychological issues. The Monkey's Paw With reference to the "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W Jacobs and to "The signalman" by Charles Dickens I have to describe how these writers use the horror/suspense genre to explore philosophy and psychological issues. The first story "The Monkey's Paw" tells the story of the White family two parents and one grown up son. In the story there is also a Sergeant Major. The Sergeant Major who has been to India sells the monkeys paw to Mr White because Mr White wants a change in his life and hopes the monkey's paw can do it for him. Mr White then makes a wish for £200 so he can pay the rest of his mortgage, the next day the son dies and he gets £200. Everyone in the family is wondering if it is coincidence that they wished for the money and now have it. The mother is now taken over by the lust of wishes and asks Mr White to wish their son alive again. The father agrees with the mother and makes the wish. The next day there is a knock at the door but they are all so scared that they make their last wish for their son to go back to his grave. The writer sets the scene as a cold winter night by describing the house and writing " the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly". He describes the setting in four lines but gives you a reasonable picture. The father then describes that he does not like the house he lives in and lists all the bad points, but the mother than says "Never mind dear" to make him feel more calmed and given the impression that she doesn't care. Then she adds "perhaps you will win the next one" emphasising that her husband is a bad looser. As the mother adds this comment the father looks up intercepting a glance between mother and son, which tells the reader that the mother and son are united and the father is the outsider. When the Sergeant Major walks towards to the house the writer gives you the impression he is a large scary man by putting "as the gate banged too loudly and heavy footsteps came towards the door" but as the story goes on you realise he is a old small man. After the Sergeant Major has been at the house and is on his third
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