Don’t Ask Jack
A truthful memory that you cannot quite remember, but still never forget. The creepy, yet capturing toy that never seems to be forgotten. As we grow all our old toys, seems to either be broken, thrown out or just lost and then forgotten. We may neglect them, but do they remember us, and if they do – 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, among other things, short stories. Neil Gaiman’s short story “Don’t Ask Jack” follows significant themes such as the passing of time and childhood. The story follows the Jack-in-the-box and how it haunts the children who have possession of it. The story takes place for a while (presumably a whole…show more content… I cannot ascertain a specific text where I can gain the right perspectives entirely, but I do believe that in addition to the whole theory about someone harming the children, you can say that one of Neil Gaiman’s themes as a writer goes through the story, such as identity. Even though the children moved out of the house, they were never able to forget about the house, and perhaps that has had an impact on their identity – not necessarily an enormous influence, but it is still important to mention because they carried the events from the house with them into their adult…show more content… When we are children, an old toy may seem frightening, but as time passes reality kicks in. As for the themes, you can say that the Jack-in-box is a sign of childhood. The toy, Jack, represents the youth that the children used to have. Furthermore, you can state that the children have grown up, which means that they are no longer children. You can hereof say that the passing of time is a contrast that is mentioned multiple times throughout the story (page 71, line 5 and page 71, line 12). These two similar parts of separate sentences give us, as the readers, a vivid 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. 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 even though time passes, it does not mean that all the dreadful things that happened go