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(i) A prominent judge, Lord Weston discovers a piece of paper with a message written on it – “Remember Caesar!” Being too pompous and self-important, Weston takes this message for a warning for him, by someone who was planning to assassinate/murder him. Lord Weston believes that he will be assassinated like Caeser because it was 15th of March, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. As a measure to fight against the danger that he sees a threat to his lif, he orders to get all the doors and windows barred, locked and chained. He equips himself by keeping a revolver ready. He also sees ilex tree as the source of shooting and insulates himself. He puts the parcel into the water. All these actions make him look ridiculous at the end.

(ii) Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. The Monkey's Paw is a tale of warning. The short story is a warning to us all about what is really important in life. This play makes us question our moral values. The warning of the paw is that you need to be really careful what you wish for. The Whites are warned that the outcome of the wishes is not what they think it is. They have a home and food and all of their basic needs but they wanted to have what is unattainable to them. They want for nothing, as Mr. White mentions when he thinks of what to make as his first wish. He wishes out of greed, not out of necessity. They face the consequences of upsetting an equilibrium and asking for too much. It is especially telling that Herbert, the one who wants wealth and fame the most, is the one taken by death. Even the second wish is selfish and not rational – it is purely driven by emotion and what Mrs. White wants. This greed leads to disappointment and the downfall of the Whites; greed and lust for something one does not need can lead to tragic consequences.

(iii) Morris is tall and well built. He visits the Whites and regales them with exotic tales from his adventures abroad, particularly in India. He mentions the monkey's paw to them but is reluctant to let them have it; his demeanour and words suggest he is frightened of the talisman's power. Morris somewhat reluctantly shows the Whites, the paw and declares that an old Indian fakir placed a spell on it. The paw granted three wishes to three people and the last wish of the first owner was of his own death. Knowing that the paw had already done enough mischief, he wanted to sell it and had an unpleasant experience with the paw.

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