Climbing the Beanstalk: Freud and Jack The story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” provides rich fodder for a Freudian psychoanalysis. Jack tells a story many young boys may be eager to hear: that, though the world will be largely against them, they will be able to succeed through cunning, wit, and strength. The protagonist is opposed by representatives of each gender, but is able to fulfill his potential, keenly demonstrating his ability to conquer physical and intellectual challenges and ultimately reaching the promises of manhood. These promises exist on an entirely separate plane, represented by his experiences in his world, and the world reached by his magic beanstalk. The story begins with a destitute mother and son, whose milk cow has...The end:
.....caring to women. “Jack and the Beanstalk” is crafted as a sort of blueprint towards adulthood for young boys, who see that they can conquer incredible obstacles, win love and riches, and take care of their mothers in a suitable, appropriate fashion. Jack must master two planes of existence to accomplish his goals, and he does this with bravery and style that inspires young readers and reveals much about the human psyche. Works Cited Bly, Robert. The Sibling Society. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1996. Questia. 26 Sept. 2009 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=100790842>. Jacobs, Joseph. “Jack and the Beanstalk.” English Fairy Tales. London: David Nutt, 1890. 59-67. 26 Sept. 2009 <http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0328jack.html>.