NCERT Class 12 English Chapter 17 Should Wizard Hit Mommy

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NCERT Class 12 English Chapter 17 Should Wizard Hit Mommy

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Chapter: 17




Q. 1. Who is Jo? How does she respond to her father’s story telling?

Ans: Jo, a four year old, is the little daughter of Jack. When she was of two vear, Jack had started the custom of telling her a story in the evening for a nap. She would fall asleep while listening to the story. But now she has developed a sense of inquisitiveness because she has become a girl of four years old. She has evolved her own way of understanding and thinking about people and things. She responds to her father according to her own perspective. Jack always tells a new tale with some variations to the old one. She would enjoy such stories and show her interest by asking related questions. In this story, Jack tells about the isolation of Roger Skunk. Here she promptly questioned about the poor creature and asks firmly whether he would not see the wise owl again.

Q. 2. What possible plot line could the story continue with?

Ans. In this story Jack has told that Roger Skunk smelled like roses because of the Wizard’s magic spell. But the mother of Roger Skunk did not like this change. She resented very sharply and asked who had made him smell like roses. Skunk replied ‘The Wizard’. Skunk pleaded that he wanted to enjoy with other animals and the rose smell was appropriate. She did not agree and took Skunk back to the Wizard. She hit the Wizard with her hand and Skunk started smelling bad again. Here, Jo did not like the plot line. She called Skunk’s mother “A stupid mommy.” She wanted the Wizard to hit Skunk’s mommy.

Q. 3. What do you think was Jo’s problem?

Ans. Jo was a very sensible type of girl. She wanted that mother Skunk should not have gone to the Wizard for changing the smell of her child. He too had the desire for a company to play with other animals. On the other hand, the Wizard should have hit the mother Skunk as she had failed to understand her son’s problem.


Answer the following questions:

Q. 1. How does Jo want the story to end? Why?


How did Jo want the Roger Skunk story to end?

Ans. It is very important to note that the children have a very different view on life than that of the adults. They dream and live in their own magical world. They are devoid of despise, ugliness and petty differences. Consequently Jo does not like the ending that Mommy should hit the Wizard. Rather she wants that the Wizard should hit the mommy for her failure to realize as well as understand the problems of Skunk. She calls her “Stupid Mommy” and insists for a change in the story.

Since Roger Skunk is the hero of the story, Jo does not want her hero to face any complications. She does not imagine Roger Skunk so ugly and stinky. She has got every sympathy for Skunk. She thinks it unfair on the part of Skunk’s mommy to go and get Roger smell bad again. She wants the ending must be changed.

Q. 2. What is your stance regarding the two endings to the Roger Skunk’s story?

Ans. In the Roger Skunk’s story ‘Should Wizard Hit Mommy’, we can note that it provides two possible endings. In the first place, Roger Skunk is made to smell like roses by the Wizard through his magical wand. He should retain the same smell as he needs the company of other animals to play with them. But his mother is deeply enraged at this ‘awful Smell’. Consequently, she sees the Wizard and hits him right over the head who changes Roger Skunk to his original bad smell again. Jo likes that Roger Skunk should retain the rose smell and the Wizard should hit that stupid mommy hard. Jo does not like that the mommy should hit the Wizard.

But the plot line demands that Jack’s ending is appropriate. It is quite logical that a child never stinks for a mother. Other animals may keep away from Skunk due to bad smell but the mother can’t do that since the original smell of the boy’s body arouses motherly affection in her. She is not at all in a mood that Roger Skunk should smell like roses to lose his identity and recognition. His mother wants that Skunk should have orginality. In this context, Jack tries to make Jo understand his viewpoint. He has no desire that Jo should form a negative opinion about mommy. He tries to explain that the mommy should be loved, respected and well behaved by her child.

Q. 3. Why does Jack insist that it was the Wizard that was hit and not the mother?

Ans. The story presents two different view points, i.e. one from the baby’s perspective and other from Jack’s perspective. Jo wants that her hero Roger Skunk must smell like roses. He must not be brought back to the bad smelling situation. She wants that the ‘stupid mommy’ should be punished for making little Skunk smell bad again.

On the other hand, Jack tells that it is the Wizard that is hit not the mother. The Wizard says “Ok” and brings Skunk to its original smell. Jack wants to stress that for a mother her son has got more prominence than any thing else. She views that Skunk never smells bad. Other animals may keep away from the stinky Skunk but for the mother, the rose smell becomes a distinct mark of recognition. She finds it strange to see Skunk in an awful smell of roses since she has the same bad smell of Roger Skunk. She feels elated when good smelling Roger becomes a stinky Skunk again.

Thus, Jack insists that the Wizard should not hit the Mommy.

Q. 4. What makes Jack feel caught in an ugly middle position?

Ans. Jack is really caught in an ugly middle position because he is divided in to two different difficult situations. He is unable to run away from the harsh realities of life rather he has to acclimatize himself in accordance with the prevailing conditions. He has to manage his family consisting of two children, a daughter Jo and her brother Bobby. Thus, Jack is entangled in two worlds. The first world belongs to Roger Fish, Roger Squirrel or Roger Chipmunk. He is telling the story of a wise owl and the Wizard with a magic wand.

The world upstairs consists of his children, Jo and Jack. Jo has raised questions that the Wizard should hit the mommy and not vice-versa. Jack is unable to satisfy her since he is much cautious about the downside world where his wife Clare is doing the work of painting. The household items are lying scattered. She is pregnant and labouring hard. He must go downstairs to help her. In this way Jack is caught in an ugly middle situation between the romantic world of tales and the real world downstairs.

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