The short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs is a suspense story that pairs perfectly with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt conversation about fear. The theme of fear of the unknown shows that people in scary situations may act rashly, and not consider the consequences of their actions. At the end of the story, I would have students analyze how our fears sometimes control us.
Level: Secondary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: British literature
Author: Jennifer Robertson