What moral lessons can be learned from the story Jack and the Beanstalk?

Some truth from a fairy tale

As a child one of my favorite stories was Jack and The Beanstalk. I looked at poor Jack as a child who was trying to what was best for his family. Now as I am I older I have revisited the story and found there are some important life lessons to be found in the story.

When your mother sends you to the market do what she tells you.
Jack had a simple task to do, take his cow to the market and sell it to get some money to buy his family food. He got taken in by a swift talking bean salesman. Moral to the story, listen to your mother when she tells you to do something.

Of course the story kind of works out for Jack. The beans get thrown out the window. In the night while they sleep a great beanstalk rises up into the sky. In the morning Jack wakes up and climbs the beanstalk This brings me to my next life lesson.

Do not let your eyes become bigger then your wallet.
Jack lays his eyes on the giant's possessions the harp, the gold coins and the hen which lays the golden eggs and he desires them. This simple act leads Jack down the wrong path which becomes my next life lesson.

What's your is yours what's theirs you do not touch without permission.
When all is said and done Jack stole the harp, the gold coins and the golden hen, items which did not belong to him. He then climbed down the bean stalk, chopped the bean stalk down and then let the giant fall to his doom. Of course Jack and his mom lived happily ever after. The giant well can we truthfully say he got what he deserved? He was going to eat poor Jack, but wasn't the giant just protecting his possessions? Which leads me to my next life lesson.

If you know it's wrong then it's wrong no matter how much you justify what you're doing..
Jack saw a way to end his family's plight but it was not the most honorable one. He could have held his head up high, admitted his mistake and then sought out some kind of work to help support his mother and himself.

In all fairness there is a new politically correct version of Jack and Beanstalk. In the story Jack realizes how he has wronged the Giant and seeks to right the wrong. He works out a deal with the Giant where he has visitation rights with the harp. The Giant also gives Jack gold coins in order to help Jack and his mother survive. The new version of Jack and the Beanstalk leads me to my last life lesson. When everyone works together more is accomplished.

I hope you enjoyed this first segment of Life Lessons from Fairy Tales. I hope to write more in the near future.

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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Hey--I learned sopmething from this--and I never thought much about Jack and the BEanstalk in wuite this way! Welcome to Hubs! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I gotta give this an Up ONE AND BEAUTIFUL. I' can't help myself as I simply must be your biggest fan!

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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area Author

Thanks for you wonderful comment. I look at each story and look for deeper meaning.

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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Certain things which we ignore during our childhood, we understand after wards, your hub is an excellent example of lesson learnt after wards, great share, voted up.

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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area Author

I have always loved fairy tales. I look for the lessons in them we should have learned. Thanks all for your comments

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Great decoding. I also see Jack as the bad guy and the story is about how wealth is truly acquired.

rubie 2 years ago

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Belinda Roccaforte 2 years ago

Researching various fairytales for their allegorical value as morality tales. Ancient fairy tales are being re-written because at face value we see the lessons as outdated and actually "bad." If one takes the time, however, to look deeper the original moral was the best. Instead of reinterpreting Jack and the Beanstalk and determine Jack was a thief and the giant was good the original moral had to do with the giant being a hoarder of wealth and someone who has isolated himself from humanity in his greed. Jack personifies the whim of fate that destroys the giant and takes his hoard. Not dissimilar to the parable Jesus told of the rich man who stored up all of his wealth and then "that night he died." Thanks G. K. Chesterton. I love fairytales. --the Ethics of Elfland

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