Do you believe that Jack is thief in the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk"? Explain why?evidence that he is a thief

Asked on by perl

1 Answer | Add Yours

wannam's profile pic

wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted on

While Jack is not portrayed as the typical bad guy in the story "Jack and the Beanstalk," I do think he is shown to be a thief.  He steals food and other items from the giant's castle.  In some re-tellings, Jack is portrayed as a hero for liberating the giant's golden harp.  In other re-tellings, he is seen sneaking around and stealing the goose who lays golden eggs.  In any version, we must still call Jack a thief because he inevitably takes the giant's treasure.  Of course, the giant isn't usually portrayed as a very nice person.  We, the reader, don't often feel sorry for the giant because he is mean and a difficult character to like.  Jack's stealing may look less criminal next to the big, mean giant, but it is still theft.

We’ve answered 319,811 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question