Character Analysis Of Don T Ask Jack By Neil Gaiman

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Analysis of Neil Gaiman’s story: Don’t Ask Jack
A pure memory. A truthful memory that is seen through the eyes of different individuals. The creepy, yet capturing toy that never seems to be forgotten. As we grow all our old toys seem to either be broken, thrown out or just simply lost and then forgotten. We may forget them, but do they forget us, and if they do not – what does that mean for us and our future?
The short story “Don’t Ask Jack” was written in 2009 by Neil Gaiman who is an English author of inter alia short stories. Neil Gaiman’s short story “Don’t Ask Jack” follows significant themes such as the passing of time and childhood. The story is following the Jack-in-the-box and how it haunts the children who have possession of it. The …show more content…

Every time the children talk about the Jack-in-the-box it is grey days. The children have made up stories about Jack and his personality such as him being an evil wizard or that his box is a Pandora’s box and that Jack is there as a guardian to prevent all the bad things from coming out (page 72, lines 3-8). The whole idea about the children making all these stories up contributes to the fact that one of the themes are childhood – since they are children, they do not know how to describe it correctly, so they use their creativity to explain it to each other. When the Jack-in-the-box was placed on the mantelpiece the children would hide it away in the darkness again, which in fact means that the toy was hidden under all the other toys (page 71, lines 10-18). The whole idea of them hiding the toy leads me to believe that the toy is a symbol of something that is not good. Perhaps the toy could represent a person that have somehow harmed the children – violence, assault, etc. Something that adds to this theory can be seen on page 72, lines 15-32 where it is described that even though the children left the house, they still have separate memories that cannot be forgotten completely. They keep reminiscing the Jack-in-the-box, how they went there at night and how Jack would rise from its box and tell the children to come closer. This specific segment triggers me as the reader to believe that there could have been some kind of sexual …show more content…

When we are children, an old toy may seem scary, but as time passes reality kicks in. As for the themes, you can say that Jack-in-box is a sign of childhood. The toy, Jack, represents the childhood that the children used to have. Furthermore, you can say that the children have grown up, which means that they are no longer children. The contrast of the passing of time is being thrown at the readers throughout the story (page 71, line 5 and page 71, line 12). These two similar parts of separate sentences gives us as the readers a clear idea of the fact that there is a clear line between the adults and the children. One boy died in the Great War and the other boy is in the so-called “madhouse” (a psychiatric division). The girls are still alive, but of immense importance: they both declined to revisit the house in which they had grown up in. These things show that none of the children are children anymore. They are all adults and the passing of time has shown. Another intention could also be that something happened to these children that were not good, and that even though time passes, it does not mean that all the dreadful things that happened go

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