NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 5 - Should Wizard Hit Mommy?

NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 5 - Should Wizard Hit Mommy?

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 Wizard Hit Mommy?

Page No: 48

Read and Find Out

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


Jo is the shortened form of Joanne. She is the four year old daughter of

Jack and Clare. For the last two years, her father, Jack, has been telling

her bed-time stories. Since these stories are woven around the same

basic tale and have the same characters and turn of events,

She was an intelligent and inquisitive child. Her mind was bubbling with

queries regarding whatever she heard or saw. Her responses to the

stories were a curious mixture of emotions caught in recognition of the

known and eagerness to explore the unknown aspects woven in the

basic tale by her father. An impatient Jo wanted the story to move with

a fast pace and yet cannot proceed with conflicting ideas or unresolved

queries in her mind. She was also a very observant listener and

corrected her father wherever she felt he faltered. The intensity of her

engagement with the story was apparent from her body language and

facial expressions. She empathized with the protagonist and rejected

whatever did not fit in her own narrow world. The eagerness to

understand and the restlessness to assert her point of view kept her

awake. She was even willing to fight with her father and to coax him to

end the story according to her standpoint. Her responses indicate that

she had started developing a personality of her own.

Page No: 53

1. What possible plot line could the story continue with?


From the perspective of Jo, the story should have ended with a happy

note of Roger Skunk getting rid of the foul smell forever and being able

to play with all other children. However, from the perspective of Jack,

the story may not have such an innocent fairy tale ending. In the process

of story telling, it was evident that Jack got nostalgic about his own

childhood and his mother. Thus, he brought in his own perspective. His

sense of belongingness to his mother and his experience of dealing with

reality resulted in a mature and compromising end where the reality

limited the scope of fiction. As he associated himself with Roger Skunk of

his story, he avoided getting into the problematic situation of identity

crisis and of blaming his mother.

Page No: 54

1. What do you think was Jo’s problem?


Little Jo had been accustomed to the happy ending of the stories of

Roger, where the wizard was helpful to him in fulfilling his wish. At the

request of Roger Skunk, the wizard had changed his awful smell to that

of the roses. Other small animals liked it and played with Roger Skunk

happily. She could not digest the ending of the extended story where

Roger Skunk's mother hit the wizard on the head and forced him to

change Skunk's smell to the earlier foul one.

Jo could not accept that mother's stubbornness-hitting the well wisher

of her son, Roger Skunk. Jo insisted that her father should tell her the

same story again the next day with changed ending. The wizard should

hit that unreasonable mummy on the head and leave Roger Skunk

emitting the pleasant smell of roses. In the beautiful world of a child's

imagination, fairies and wizard's are more real than reality itself. She

could not digest the harsh realities of life. She did not like the unfeeling

mother who hit the benefactor of her son.

Page No: 55

Reading with Insight

1. What is the moral issue that the story raises?


The story examines moral issues dependent on different levels of 

maturity. There is a sharp contrast between an adult’s perspective of life

and the worldview of a little child. Children represent innocence. Hatred

and injustice have no place in the their world. In the story, the baby

skunk was able to make friends only after he smelled of roses. In Jo’s

perspective, the happiness of being able to make friends surpassed any

other thing. As a result, she is unable to assess the reason why the

mother skunk pressurized her child to get his original foul body odour


On the contrary, Jack tried to justify the skunk’s mother and wanted

Roger to listen to his mother even if it means smelling bad again. Jack, a

typical father, wanted his daughter to believe that parents are always

correct and they know what is best for their children. Thus, the story

raises the question of whether parents should always be followed


2. How does Jo want the story to end and why?


Jo was not convinced with the ending of the story and coaxed her father

to retell the story the next day giving the story a predetermined path

that she had set. According to her, neither Roger Skunk nor the wizard

was wrong in the story. Jo refused to accept the end where Roger

Skunk's mother hits the wizard and that too without being hit back. She

wanted the story to end with the wizard hitting back the mother skunk

with his magic wand and chopping off her arms 'forcely’.

3. Why does Jack insist that it was the wizard that was hit and not the



Jack has the typical parental attitude. He is of the opinion that the

parents know what is best for their children. He asserts the parental

authority tiroe and again to quieten Jo and stifle her objections and

amendments to the story of the foul smelling Skunk related by him.

He defends the attitude of Roger Skunk's mother. She does not approve

of the unnatural, unskunk like smell that Roger has. She calls the sweet

smell of the roses an awful smell. Earlier the little skunk smelled the way

a little skunk should. She wants the natural characteristic-the foul smellrestored.

 He says that she knew what was right. Secondly, the little

skunk loved his mommy more than he loved all the other animals. That

is why, he took his mommy to the wizard. She hit the wizard and forced

him to change the smell of roses to his earlier bad odour. He insisted on

this ending to emphasise the concern of the parents for children and

their role in bringing them up on proper lines.

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


Jack feels that he has been caught in an ugly middle position physically, 

emotionally as well as mentally. The woodwork, a cage of mouldings and

rails and skirting boards all around them was half old tan and half new


He was conscious of his duties as a father and as a husband. Little Bobby

was already asleep. His efforts to make Jo fall asleep proved quite

fatiguing. She kept on interrupting him, asking for clarifications, pointing

errors and suggesting alternatives.

Jack did not like that women should take anything for granted. He liked

them to be apprehensive. So he extended the story, though he was in a

haste to go down stairs and help his pregnant wife in her hard work of

painting the woodwork. The result of the extension to the story proved

unfruitful and unpleasant for Jo, Jack and Clare. Jo wanted him to

change the ending of the story. Clare complained that he had told a long

story. Jack felt utter weariness and did not want to speak with his wife or

work with her or touch her. He was really caught in an ugly middle


5. What is your stance regarding the two endings to the Roger Skunk



Considering the tender age of Jo, both the endings seem a little

irrational. It is certain that she will be learning from whatever she hears

and visualizes at this age. If the story ends according to Jack, Jo will

never be able to question anything she considers wrong in life since this

ending stresses that elders are always right in whatever they do. In

addition, the story shows the skunk’s mommy hitting the wizard for no

fault of his. The wizard had only done what he was asked to. This may

scare the four-year-old Jo, as it teaches that mothers, being elders, have

the right to hit anyone, even if they are not at fault.

On the contrary, if the story ends as Jo wanted it to, it will stop her from

believing in and respecting her elders. She may even start believing that

there is nothing wrong in hitting elders.

A balanced view may be given in an apt ending, where the mommy

either does not hit the wizard at all or realizes her mistake soon.

6. Why is the adult’s perspective on life different from that of a child?


A child’s speech and line of thought, his actions and reactions, are

natural and not guided by any outward influence. He speaks from his

heart in accordance with what is ethically right in his perspective. On the

other hand, an adult has many things to consider before speaking or

reacting. Thus, the influence of society governs and dominates his 


In this chapter, Jo speaks what she considers correct. But Jack, an adult

caught in a dilemma, kept thinking on the consequences of accepting his

daughter's ending to the story and what the society has made him learn

over time.

NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas