Here’s where you grab the reader or make them curious

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The Hook! Here’s where you grab the reader or make them curious.

Section One

This part focuses on the DIFFERENCES using examples from each version.

Transition words

The Thesis! Give the reader an idea of what you will be talking about.

he Curse of Wishes

Mr. Klosterman

Wishing for more wishes is a dream for every kid. The idea of objects possessing some element of magic, like a genie’s lamp or a rabbit’s foot, has fascinated kids and adults for centuries. After hearing the tale of “The Monkey’s Paw,” listeners may have second thoughts about those wishes. Although each version presents a unique twist, the message remains the same, careful what you wish for.

In recent times popular culture has adapted the story of “The Monkey’s Paw” and added different perspectives. There are many differences between the Simpson’s version and the original. The magic of the monkey’s paw is the centerpiece of both stories; however each story presents its own take on the granting of the wishes. For instance, in the Simpson’s version, grand ideas, world peace and riches and fame, make up two of the wishes. However, in the original, the wishes, 200 pounds and the bring Herbert back to life, are centered on the White family. Another way the stories differ is that Mr. White makes all of the wishes in the original. However, in the Simpson’s version, many of the characters make wishes including their neighbor, Ned Flanders. A third difference might be that the monkey’s paw was acquired in different ways. In the original, Sgt. Maj. Morris receives the paw from a holy man in India and brings it to the White family. Conversely, in the Simpsons, Homer buys the monkey’s paw from a bazaar stall in Morocco.

Although times have changed, several aspects of the two versions remain basically the same. The overall theme of the story that people should be careful of what they wish for remains the same in each of the stories. Likewise, both versions of the story involve the monkey’s paw moving when a wish is made. In the Simpson’s the fingers bend down while the original just talks about the paw moving. In addition, both stories have a warning that grave things will happen with the wishes. Both the Whites and Simpsons ignore this warning and make wishes upon the monkey’s paw. Finally, each story involves someone giving away the monkey’s paw. In the original story, Sgt. Maj. Morris reluctantly gives the paw to the Whites. Likewise, Homer gives the paw to his neighbor at the end of the Simpson’s version.

Section Two

This part focuses on the SIMILARITIES using examples from each version.

The Thesis Again!

Here’s where you remind the reader of your message. You thesis should be the same but said differently.

Your thoughts

This is the only section where YOU can share your ideas. Connect it to the rest to make it stronger.


Use quotation marks when you refer to the story. “The Monkey’s Paw” and none if you talk about the paw.

ll in all, the tale of “The Monkey’s Paw” draws its audience in through various means but leads them to the familiar conclusion to be careful of what is wished for.
The Simpsons take the monkey’s paw and encounter some funny incidents—a new pacifier delivered by a stretch limousine, money overflowing from Homer’s wallet, and aliens taking over the world because all weapons were destroyed. In the original, the tone is much darker. When the Whites wish for their son back, the insistent knocking at the door could be Herbert. But is it? I prefer the original story because it really makes the reader think about whether wishes are always free of strings or consequences.

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