Throughout the short stories “The Chaser” by John Collier and “The Monkey’s Paw’ by W. W. Jacobs, there are similarities, like the interference of fate and the concept of consequences that stands out when comparing the two. In ‘The Chaser,” Alan Austen comes to the Old Man with hope that he can buy a potion to give his love, Diana. Alan intends to give Diana a love potion causing her to show love and affection towards Alan, which she did not before.
Alan is verwhelmed with joy that Diana will share mutual feelings with him that he forgets that he is rearranging fate. ‘”That is love! ‘ cried Alan” (TC). Alan doesn’t know what love really is. Love is an emotion that cannot be forced and by giving Diana the love potion, Alan isn’t creating love but a fairytale. In “The Monkey’s Paw,” Mr. White also interferes with fate when he begins to make his wishes on the paw. For his first wish, Mr. White asks for two hundred pounds. This may appear to be a small action although it is still interference. What Alan and Mr.
White both don’t understand is that everything has a cause and effect although they were too blindsided about what they wanted. Every action has consequences, its weather or not you listen to them that you will now the result. However, in both stories Alan and Mr. White are told directly that there would be consequences for their actions although they let their fantasies get in the way of that. In m-le Chaser,” Alan is warned by the Old Man selling him the potion that if he gives Diana the potion she will become obsessed with him and he will be he sole person in her life.
At the time, Alan assumes this is a good thing, except, as the Old Man says, Wlf you are an hour late, she will be terrified. She will think you are killed, or that a siren has caught you'” (TC). Diana will feel pain caused by constant worry because Alan can’t get passed his urge for her to love him that he disregards the warnings. Also informed directly of the consequences is Mr. White in “The Monkey’s Paw. ” Sergeant-Major Morris explains to Mr.
White that the eason the paw was created is to show that when one interferes with fate, sorrow will follow. This warning cannot be any clearer although Mr. White ignores it. The consequence for Mr. White’s wish is his son’s death. Mr. White should have understood the lesson that comes with the paw although; he still makes one last wish. Alan and Mr. White are both specifically warned about the result of their action but chose not to listen, which ultimately leads to shocking endings they are not expecting.