Analysis of Jack Johnson's Cookie Jar

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Analysis of Jack Johnson's Cookie Jar Jack Johnson’s song, “Cookie Jar” is a powerful influence to challenge the beliefs and values of western society. The song is all about blaming what you have done on someone else, hence the title Cookie Jar. The title is “Cookie Jar” because of the old saying “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, Who me, Yes you, No not me” this means that we are always trying to find someone else to blame, rather than ourselves, we try to find a scapegoat to get us out of the mess that we have created. “Cookie Jar” challenges the beliefs and values of western society because, in the song a young boy kills another young child with a gun and he said that you cant blame him. His dad , the media man, the singer of the song and the maker of the movie, who are all characters who’s jobs are their titles, movie maker, etc. all say that they’re not to blame as well. The narrative voice in “Cookie Jar” should be embarrassed to turn on the TV, because it truly is embarrassing to see what people in a western society now watch as entertainment and for gossip. In western culture the media plays a big role in the values and attitudes of the community, it explains to people what is currently happening and people will always be gullible and believe everything they are told on the TV, but Jack Johnson challenges this, by a part in his last stanza in “Cookie Jar”, “It was magic at first, But it let everyone down, And ... ... middle of paper ... ...d by images we are shown on TV, the narrative voice we hear is saying that “We all have the blood on our hands” what this means is people are dying for others entertainment. This is a very important stanza for proving that Jack Johnson wants the listeners to think about themselves. He said that it is everyone’s fault for things, we cant keep blaming other people for our misdeeds. We wanted the entertainment and we get it then we cant blame it for things that happen, but we can blame ourselves for wanting this sort of entertainment that can influence people and make them think that certain things are right and allowed to be done, when in fact they are very wrong. So we should be putting the blame on ourselves not a scapegoat, which challenges the beliefs of western society because everyone is right in western society.

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