Theme Of Don T Ask Jack

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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 life), and the story describes how the Jack-in-the-box has affected these children’s lives, …show more content…

The mood throughout the story is quite mysterious. In the beginning, we meet the children who are exceedingly afraid of the Jack-in-the-box. Another significant fact is that no one knows where the toy has come from – it seems that the author wants the readers to believe that the toy haphazardly appeared. Something that is also noteworthy to mention is the description of the toy - the phrase ‘he’ is being used instead of ‘it’ (page 72, line 3). On this specific line, you can say that the Jack-in-the-box is becoming humanized and that is perhaps because it (the Jack-in-the-box) is a symbol/metaphor for a real human being.
The weather in the story is also quite remarkable. 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 children made these stories notwithstanding of the fact that they have never seen him. The whole idea about the children making all

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