Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John Carroll


As Jack approached the beanstalk he left behind the world of the common and the real. His ascent to hell was the quest to expel the ogre that governed the land of the lost and the mad, of the violent in the damned. The fall of the ogre, achieved in an act of consumate violence, was necessary for Jack's return to the world of the real, and for liberation of the mankind which the ogre threatened. Violence was necessary for expiation, atonement and freedom, and it is in the scene that Jack's action is judged heroic.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1971 Peter J. Vaccaro.

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