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Old 05-12-2011, 10:09 AM
Boyo Jim Boyo Jim is offline
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I believe that the story is an allegory for the American-Soviet conflict.

Jack of course is the American, making all the wrong choices and being dumb as a rock, but still ending up with all the shiny stuff at the end.

The Giant is the Soviet Union, slow, ponderous, and not the brightest bulb in the string either.

The beanstalk -- well, that could be several things. Perhaps it's the Apollo-Soyuz joint mission. Or the Berlin Wall as it is being demolished by demonstrators who join hands across it. Whatever, it spans the two societies, and is instrumental in one of them crumbling.

I think that's ample evidence right there, because I'm an American and I don't need no freakin' evidence to convince me of anything!