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Mobility plays a vital role in the movement of the story of the play. The characters, scenes, and locations keep on shifting as the plot progresses, contributing into the overall development of the play. The opening scene describes the location of the living room in the Whites' house, an old fashioned cottage located on the outskirts of Fulham. The placement of characters in the scene is done in such a way that they speak for themselves. The mother is seen serving the tea, and the features of other members are clearly distinguishable in the following lines:

"Mrs. White, a pleasant looking woman....


... is a fine young fellow."


The blowing of the wind directs at the swift movement of the play and the darkness of the night accompanies the suspense that is being created inside the living room at that moment. The arrangement of the furniture keeps on shifting at a low paces we move from scene I to latter scenes.


In scene 2, the table slightly moves near the window which suggests waiting. The breakfast table is set and the number of characters on the forefront has gone down. It is in scene 2 that the breakthrough of the play takes place, and Herbert's death is disclosed. The reluctant arrival of Mr. Sampson can be put parallel to the arrival of the monkey's paw, as both brought bad fate with it.


Scene 3 suggests gloominess, which has been brought in the lives of the Whites. The darkness of the night creates the aura of fear, and the knocking at the door amplifies it. There is a constant movement, from rats to sounds to winds to footsteps, which hints at instability in the lives of the Whites in the form of the impeding danger.


The final scene shows silence, both at the stage, and in the lives of the White couple. This is shown in the lines:


"There is a flood of moonlight.........wailing against the door-post."


This silence also means the life long wait that the couple have to bear now.


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