You know about Jack and the Beanstalk. You may even have read a good many of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books and would love to make your own story in the same style. But it’s harder than you think!
I’m sure you’ve heard this story before: a young child accidentally cuts his thumb with a knife. The finger would stay that way for several years if it weren’t for one little hand surgeon.
The young surgeon was in fact a modern magician named Charlie Carrel. He also happened to be a great painter. Charlie was fascinated by real human life and when he realized that he could create portraits with human skin, he became a great believer in realism and painting, even in portraits.
Another fascination of his was the French people. The inhabitants of France were rich, well-fed, and popular. Thus, when he came up with the idea of a “Jack and the Beanstalk,” he could easily get the peasants to help him raise Jack.
Jack and the Beanstalk can be understood as a metaphor for all of humanity. It shows us our true value. And it can also help us decide what we are most passionate about.
In another version of the story, it is told that a young Indian prince has stolen a ruby encrusted diadem. King James VI of Scotland sends a delegation to retrieve it. They are beheaded along the way. A successor of James, James II, comes to the rescue and manages to recover the ruby.
The tale ended with James wearing the crown. A very symbolic ending.
So, what does all this have to do with Jack and the Beanstalk? A better way to understand the story is to see it as a Jack and the King James version of a story called The Fall of Arthur. It is a story about how the king of one kingdom becomes distracted by an affair with another woman.
This woman is married to a woman from another kingdom and she seduces him. Then, a war breaks out between the two kingdoms, and the king of the kingdom from which the king from the other kingdom was married flees and falls into the hands of another queen, who later marries the king of England, the same king who had been rescued from captivity by the Indians.
In The Fall of Arthur, the king gets so obsessed with the war that he doesn’t notice that he is being held prisoner. He eventually becomes so involved in the war that he is unable to discern his true love’s intentions and ultimately commits suicide.
Similarly, Jack gets so consumed by his obsession with human life that he develops cancer. He doesn’t notice that he is being held captive by evil wizards.
His treatment, like that of King James, leads to death. Like King James, Jack dies in captivity. While his story ends tragically, Charlie Carrel’s tale ends with a happy ending.