Fairy Tale Essay-Assignment #2
“Jack and the Beanstalk” is a fairy tale designed to entertain children and teach them a moral story that they can relate to while growing up. I believe this story teaches children appropriate moral lessons and inappropriate ones. An appropriate lesson being not to be greedy and be pleased with what you have, and the inappropriate one being that if you do not think before your actions you will be rewarded, and that stealing is all right. First I will give you a summary of the story and then break it down telling why this story can give children these ideas.
The story begins with a poor widowed woman telling her son, Jack, to take their cow to town to sell it, because it can no longer produce milk. As Jack is making his way into town he sees a man. The man offers Jack some “magic beans” for the cow. He says that these “magic beans” will help him and his mother a lot more then some gold could ever help them. Jack quickly makes the deal. When he shows his mother what he has done she quickly becomes angry and tosses the beans out the window. Over night the beans start to grow and form a magic beanstalk that go all the way up into the heavens. Jack then begins to climb the beanstalk until he reaches the giant’s house and is almost immediately discovered by him. In fear of being discovered Jack mainlines it straight down the beanstalk, but before that manages to steals some gold from the giant. He then gives the gold to his mother and she is amazed and pleased with what he had done. After the gold runs out Jack decides to climb the beanstalk to the giant’s house again. Once again he is almost discovered, but before being seen he steals the giant’s hen. This hen lays golden eggs when commanded too. When his mother first saw the hen she was not pleased but after seeing what the hen was capable of was very pleased. After that Jack and his mother lived in luxury. Jack... [continues]
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