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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse

Jack Punpkinhead and the Sawhorse, by L. Frank Baum

1)Even granting that the squirrels were pretty mean about not sharing their nuts with the hungry kids, shouldn't there have been some effort to pay them back afterwards? The nuts were theirs, after all.

1 comment:

Bill said...

Fun Story!

I agree, From a 2011 morality perspective... there is no sense of justice demonstrated here.

I remember reading, on the web somewhere, about the hierarchy of animals in cartoons. Here is a world where all sorts of creatures dogs, cats, horses etc. can 'speak' or otherwise are portrayed as 'sentient' yet will still treat 'lesser' forms of life as um... well 'less' Think of any number of 'frog prince' movies that tell any number of moral lessons about life, yet the frog eats other living things (insects) all through the movie! (somehow insects are less then frogs... so they are ok to eat)

It seems that humans, as the creators of these stories, have an strong unconscious need to create mental hierarchies... It is clearly one of the ways we effectively process information. What I see is one of our more tragic failings is that once we decide we are on the 'top' of the proverbial heap, we feel that anything lower then us has less value. So their concerns/needs and can be ignored, or worse, their lives can be exploited.

Now those are dark thoughts coming out of a Frank L. Baum story! (How did I get there from 'Fun Story'!)