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My Boy Jack: Introduction
My Boy Jack: Plot Summary
My Boy Jack: Detailed Summary & Analysis
My Boy Jack: Themes
My Boy Jack: Quotes
My Boy Jack: Characters
My Boy Jack: Symbols
My Boy Jack: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of David Haig
Historical Context of My Boy Jack
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- Full Title: My Boy Jack
- When Published: The play premiered on October 13, 1997.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Drama, Realism
- Setting: Sussex, England and the Western Front during World War I
- Climax: After waiting for several hours to storm enemy lines, Jack leads his men in a charge toward the German trenches.
- Antagonist: War and idealism
Extra Credit for My Boy Jack
Film Set. Certain scenes in the 2007 film My Boy Jack (starring David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe, and Carey Mulligan) were filmed outside Rudyard Kipling’s actual house in Sussex, England.
Namesake. The play is named after Rudyard Kipling’s 1916 poem “My Boy Jack,” which Rudyard reads aloud in the final scene. Although it’s often assumed that Kipling wrote this poem about his son’s death, it’s debatable whether or not this is true, since the poem originally appeared at the beginning of a short story about an entirely different battle than the one in which his son, John, died.