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KS3 English - Fairy tales: What's their story?: Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

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On this page you can find out more about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

You can read Joseph Jacob's version of Jack and the Beanstalk on the SurLaLune website.

History of Jack and the Beanstalk

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Jack and the Beanstalk, including details of the history of the story.

You may find useful information here for your Jack and the Beanstalk timeline.

Jack and the Beanstalk and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Joseph Jacobs' version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

You can also find other versions of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale.

You may find useful information here for your Jack and the Beanstalk timeline.

Take part in our 'morals' poll

Different people see different moral messages in the Jack and the Beanstalk tale, below are a few examples.

Think about Joseph Jacobs' story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this story?  Do you think these are all good moral messages?


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Luck will help you but you must be brave

 

 
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Superior size is no match for wit and bravery

 


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It's OK to steal from people who have more than you

Take part in our 'morals' poll
Luck will help you in life but you must also be brave: 39 votes (27.66%)
Superior size is no match for wit and bravery: 45 votes (31.91%)
It's OK to steal from people who have more than you: 57 votes (40.43%)
Total Votes: 141

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

In the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, these include: 

 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the good character is Jack.  Jack is not always good, he climbs the beanstalk and steals from the Giant but he is the character we like, so he takes the role of the 'good' character  

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THE BADDY

The bad character in this story is the ogre (giant).

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SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

 

MAGIC

There are lots of magical elements in this story, can you think what they are?

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OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacle or task in this story?

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

By gaining the ogre's golden harp and hen that lays golden eggs, Jack and his mother are able to live happily ever after...

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MORAL

What do you think is the moral message of the Jack and the Beanstalk story?  Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale.  When you have voted, have a look and see what other people think.

 

Fractured Fairy Tale

Movie Trailer - Jack and the Beanstalk