WWJacobs presents an atmosphere of mystery and suspense in The Monkeys Paw. The mystery of the Monkeys Paw is a cleverly thought out story. The story had three main parts. These parts were the first wish, the second wish and the third wish. It is written in third person. Although this makes you more distant from the characters, you get a more descriptive and a broader view of what's happening. WWJacobs creates interest in the story with the word 'nothing'.
The description is probably the main point which creates an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. It first seems as a comfy family home where 'the fire burned brightly'. But it is in an area where it is 'cold and wet', and 'the roads a torrent'. These comments by WWJacobs about the weather also reflect on the story. At the beginning, everything is perfect until the monkeys paw is introduced. WWJacobs looks closely at the feeling of the story and relates it to the weather outside.
The main symbol in The Monkeys Paw is shown in the game of chess. With the phrase 'checkmate', it is shown that you cannot win and it is a game of radical changes, as it says at the end. The word 'checkmate' hints at fate. WWJacobs hints at what is to come in the story. Checkmate and brave moves create radical changes.
Another symbol is the £200. They never anticipated the precise form of the money. There was a more serious cost involved - the life of their son. His death showed irony. Herbert (the son) said previously in the story 'I don't see the money and I bet I never shall'. This is another hint of the future. Herbert dies and never does see the money as it is compensation for his death.
The house is comfortable. But it is isolated and vulnerable. WWJacobs uses the house and atmosphere in Mr White's comments to once again hint at the future. He spoke with 'sudden and unlooked-for violence'.
Suspense was created in many ways by WWJacobs. The introduction of Sergeant-Major Morris created suspense in The Monkeys Paw. He was the one who brought the monkeys paw with him. He was reluctant to give it to Mr White but he did anyway. When Mr White asked about the story and Sergeant Major Morris said 'Leastways, nothing worth hearing' you really wanted to him to tell the story as you knew it would be interesting, which means WWJacobs wrote it so you couldn't put the story down, and it worked.
Another time that suspense was used was at the end where Herbert was going to come back from the dead. You really knew that he was going to come back like he died (mangled in a machine) when Mr White didn't describe him as 'Herbert' knocking on the door, he said don't let 'it' in. This made me, as the reader worried and apprehensive as to what was to happen. WWJacobs cleverly got you thinking whilst reading on.
Overall, I found that WWJacobs' technique at the beginning was to hint at the future of the monkey's paw. He creates suspense through the character of Sergeant Major Morris. At the end you also get suspense as Herbert could come back. WWJacobs is a clever writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.