Class 12 English VISTAS Chapter 5 Should Wizard Hit Mommy? Notes, summary, Explanation

12 class VISTAS English Notes Chapter 5 Should Wizard Hit Mommy? notes, Summary, Explanation, Difficult Words

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Class 12 English VISTAS Chapter 5 Should Wizard Hit Mommy? Notes , Syllabus, Summary. Explanation, Difficult Words .

📚 Chapter 5 📚
💠 Should Wizard Hit Mommy? 💠

❇️ Main Characters In This Story…..

🔹 Jack- Father

🔹 Jo- Daughter of jack – 4 years old

🔹 Roger Skunk- Main Character

🔹 Wise Owl

🔹 Wizard

❇️ Introduction Of Chapter…..

Should wizard hit mommy is a story within a story where the father usually tells his daughter the same story of a creature named Roger. When the creature faces some problem, he visits wise owl who sends him to wizard and the wizard solves the problem of creature charging some money. The daughter listens the story with great curiosity and raises a difficult moral question for which the father does not have any convincing answer.

❇️ Explanation And Main summary…..

The chapter captures a very sensitive reaction of a small girl to an important aspect of the story that her father narrates to her. The story reveals the worldview of a little child to a difficult moral question that shows her mental or psychological richness. Jo is a little girl of four years. She is engaged in a story session with her father. Jack, the father used to tell her a story every evening and especially for Saturday naps. Jo feels herself involved with the characters and the happenings. The story always had an animal with a problem.

Roger Skunk is a very obedient child but he feels very sad and upset because he smells so awful that nobody wants to befriend him and play with him. The old owl advises him to visit the wizard who would solve the problem. He visited the wizard who changed it to the smell of roses He feels excited about the change for everyone likes his new smell and readily agrees to play with him. However Roger’s mother does not like the change. For her, Roger was better off with his original smell. So, she makes the wizard restore Skunk’s original smell. Roger meekly accepts his mother’s decision and other children get used to Roger’s awful smell and don’t complain about it any more.

On hearing the story of Roger Skunk, Jo was not happy with the ending. She feels that mother is wrong in getting her son’s original smell back and wants her to be spanked by the wizard for her mistake. She wants her father to change the ending. She wants the wizard to hit the mother back and let Roger be which her father was not ready to do to establish his authority. This raises a difficult moral question whether parents possess the right to impose their will on their children. Her father finds it difficult to answer her question. Her father, who has modelled Skunk’s story on his own story, strongly defends the mother Skunk’s decision.

❇️ POINTS TO REMEMBER…..

🔹 The chapter captures a very sensitive reaction of a small girl to an important aspect of the story that her father narrates to her.

🔹 The story reveals the worldview of a little child to a difficult moral question that shows her mental or psychological richness.

🔹 Jo is a little girl of four years. She is engaged in a story session with her father.

🔹 Jack, the father used to tell her a story every evening and especially for Saturday naps.

🔹 Jo feels herself involved with the characters and the happenings.

🔹 The story always had an animal with a problem. The old owl advises him to visit the wizard who would solve the problem.

🔹 Skunk’s problem- he smelt bad, visited the wizard who changed it to the smell of roses.

🔹 Skunk’s mother was unhappy with it and took him back to the wizard. She hit the wizard and asked him to restore the original smell. She wanted her son to keep his identity of a skunk and wanted his friends to accept him for himself. So the wizard changes him back to smell like a skunk.

🔹 After hearing the story of Roger Skunk Jo was not happy with the ending.

🔹 She wants her father to change the ending. She wants the wizard to hit the mother back and let Roger be which her father was not ready to do to establish his authority. This raises a difficult moral question whether parents possess the right to impose their will on their children.

🔹 Her father finds it difficult to answer her question.

❇️ Short notes…..

🔶 Storytelling

  • In the evening and for Saturday nap father Narrates stories to daughter Jo.
  • Story telling started when Jo was two year now she has turned four.
  • Each story a variation of same basic tale
  • Roger creature goes to wise owl with his problem
  • The owl advises him to go to wizard
  • The wizard solves the problems with magic and asks for fee.
  • Roger has insufficient money- but wizard shows where and how money can be found
  • Roger returns home from Boston and the family has their dinner

🔶 New story of Roger Skunk

  • Roger Skunk wants to play with wood mates
  • His obnoxious smell is hated by creature
  • Roger Skunk feels hurt and humiliated
  • Skunk meets wise owl then the wizard (Tiny old man with long while beard and a pointed blue hat)
  • Wizard advises him not to get too close
  • Skunk wants to smell like rose
  • Wizard reads some spell and Skunk smells like roses

🔶 The wizard fee

  • Wizard demands seven pennies as fee
  • Skunk has only four
  • Roger Skunk follows the instruction of wizard
  • To gets three more pennies
  • Skunk pays fee and happily runs out in the wood

🔶 Skunk and wood land creatures

  • Wood land creature feel glee full in company of skunk
  • Skunk’s mother dislikes rose smell and scolds him
  • Skunk’s mother visits wizard and hits him on the head
  • On mother’s order wizard gets foul smell again
  • Mother and skunk come back home and have a nice meal with his father
  • Mother hugs and kisses Roger

🔶 New life of Roger skunk

  • Skunk now plays with wood land animals
  • They got used to his foul smell

🔶 Joe’s problem

  • Joe does not like the defeat of the wizard
  • Wants the story : wizard hits Mommy
  • Father advises that Mother are always loving and right

🔶 Father’s predicament

  • Clare, his wife busy painting furniture
  • Clare complains of delay in his coming soon
  • Finds herself and his huge trapped in a cage
  • Feels he is caught in an ugly middle position

❇️ SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS …..

Q 1. How did the Wizard help Roger Skunk?

ANS. The wizard was moved by Roger skunk’s story. On finding his magic wand he chanted some magic words & granted that Roger should smell like roses. Roger was very happy and ran out into the woods. All other animals gathered around him because he smelled so good.

Q 2. How did Roger Skunk’s Mommy react when he went home smelling of roses? How did the Skunk’s mother get him his old smell back?

ANS. Roger Skunk began to smell like roses. Mommy asked about the smell. Roger Skunk replied that the wizard had given him the smell. The mother did not like that and asked Roger to come with her. Mother was furious to learn about the wizard who had changed his original smell. She immediately visited the wizard and hit him on his head and asked him to restore the original smell.

Q 3. Who is Jo? How did Jo behave in ‘reality phase’?

ANS. Jo is Jack’s 4 year old daughter. She is not a patient listener. She does not take things for granted and tries to see things in her own way. She raises questions on the figments of her father.

Q 4. Why did Jo want the wizard to hit mommy?

ANS. Jo was drawing a parallel between mommy skunk and her own mother. She perceived both of them as an interfering factor in the independent growth of their children. So, she wanted wizard to hit mommy as she had failed to empathize with her son’s (baby skunk) problem of not having any friend.

Q 5. Was Roger skunk’s mother justified in forcing him to retain his original smell?

ANS. Up to some extent I agree with the point of view of mother but not with the way she behaved. She wanted her child to retain his unique identity. But, she resented the rose smell very sternly. The child should have been taken into confidence and should have been made aware of the pros and cons.

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