The Monkey's Paw1. In the monkey's paW, a man wishes for 200 pounds on onky gets his 200 pOunds as a compensation for his son's death. 2. The lesson from the monkey's paw is to be careful what you wish for, because your wish might not always come how it is expected. 3. The man thought that he would only get 200 pounds, but what he got was 200 pounds and a dead son.