Fate by the Fire: Analyzing Symbolism in "The Monkey's Paw" (Part Two)

Resource ID#: 197737 Type: Original Student Tutorial
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General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8
Intended Audience: Students
Instructional Time: 35 Minute(s)
Keywords: English Language Arts, language arts, ELA, W.W. Jacobs, fiction, horror, gothic, creepy, symbolism, figurative language, chess, fire, talisman, deeper meaning, hidden meaning, short stories, literature, short story, The Monkey's Paw, interactive, elearning, e-learning, tutorials, British Literature, symbols

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