Like all fairy tales, this story has a moral and is metaphorical, (actually, there are a number of metaphors one could draw). We’re all familiar with the Jack and the Beanstalk story and it’s multiple, mixed moral messages. It’s title suggests that it is strictly about someone named Jack and a Beanstalk, but in reality it has little to do with the beanstalk, (except as a method for Jack to get up to and down from the Castle in the clouds).
It’s really about a ne’er do well kid named Jack who didn’t pay attention to his mother, did something real stupid, and due to, nay, in spite of a series of improbable events, including stealing something, he turns out okay.
It is of course a fantasy, but a quick read between the lines shows how it parallels real life in a lot of ways. Of course the premise of the story is as follows: Jack’s mother sends Jack to market with a cow to trade, he gets ‘seemingly’ swindled into trading it for a bag of ‘magic beans.’ When he arrives home exuberant over his purchase and what the beans can supposedly do, she gets understandably upset and throws them out the window. Well naturally the beans take root overnight, it wouldn’t be a fairy tale if something ridiculous like this didn’t take place, and grow into a huge beanstalk, which ascends the clouds.Add a comment