Between the story and the Simpson’s episode is that they both had a monkey’s paw to make a wish on



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One similarity between the story and the Simpson’s episode is that they both had a monkey’s paw to make a wish on. Both families were able to make their wishes by holding the monkey’s paw and saying their wish. It is important that this detail was the same because without this similarity, the title would not make sense to the audience, causing confusion which might lead to the audience missing other important details. Also, if one had read the story and then watched the episode and the Simpson family wished upon a candlestick, the audience would again be confused. By keeping the detail of wishing on the monkey’s paw the same, the audience is better able to pay attention to other important similarities between the story and the Simpson’s episode.
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One difference between the story and the Simpson’s episode is that the story had 3 wishes made by one person and the episode had 4 wishes made by different people. In the story, the White family only had 3 wishes. The father wished for money, for his son to return, and then, we can assume, for his son to go away so the family did not have to see the son’s mangled body. However, in the Simpson’s episode, the family got 4 wishes that were all made by different members of the family. Maggie wished for a new pacifier, Bart wished for fame and fortune, Lisa wished for world peace, and Homer wished for a turkey sandwich. In both the story and the episode, bad things came about because of the wishes. However, the wishes in the story seemed more serious and intense whereas in the episode the audience was able to laugh a bit more about the wishes and the effects of the wishes. With one extra wish, in the episode the audience got to see a more humorous side effect of the wishes, lightening the mood of the danger of the monkey’s paw. Overall, the difference in the amount of wishes, lets the audience see that no matter what, the monkey’s paw will bring bad luck to the wisher.

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One similarity between the story and the Simpson’s episode is that both had a monkey’s paw to make a wish on. Both families were able to make their wishes by holding the monkey’s paw and saying their wish. It is important that this detail was the same because without this similarity, the title would not make sense to the audience, causing confusion which might lead to the audience missing other important details. Also, if one had read the story and then watched the episode and the Simpson family wished upon a candlestick, the audience would again be confused. By keeping the detail of wishing on the monkey’s paw the same, the audience is better able to pay attention to other important similarities between the story and the Simpson’s episode.
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Explain why it is important that this element stayed the same

One difference between the story and the Simpson’s episode is that the story had 3 wishes made by one person and the episode had 4 wishes made by different people. In the story, the White family only had 3 wishes. The father wished for money, for his son to return, and then, we can assume, for his son to go away so the family did not have to see the son’s mangled body. However, in the Simpson’s episode, the family got 4 wishes that were all made by different members of the family. Maggie wished for a new pacifier, Bart wished for fame and fortune, Lisa wished for world peace, and Homer wished for a turkey sandwich. In both the story and the episode, bad things came about because of the wishes. However, the wishes in the story seemed more serious and intense whereas in the episode the audience was able to laugh a bit more about the wishes and the effects of the wishes. With one extra wish, in the episode the audience got to see a more humorous side effect of the wishes, lightening the mood of the danger of the monkey’s paw. Overall, the difference in the amount of wishes, lets the audience see that no matter what, the monkey’s paw will bring bad luck to the wisher.

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Explain how this change impacted or affected the story as a whole.

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Explain why it is important that this element stayed the same

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Explain how this change impacted or affected the story as a whole.


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