Jim the Boy

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Jim the boy is a novel written by Tony Earley and was published in the year 2000. It is very, very boring and has been useful as a sedative and a deadly weapon, its dullness causing instant death.

Unfortunatley, it cannot even be written about in serious terms lest the writer die. Instead, we will discuss why the main character is actually a vampire.

...Jim the Boy is a famous novel in which an average boy does average things in the 1930’s. One of the novel’s most prominent features is being exceedingly boring, but that boredom is actually a mask for a much larger and more interesting subtext; Jim, the title character, is in fact not an average boy but instead a vampire named Dr. Acula. This piece of evidence can be proven by looking at factors from the novel.


Why would Jim be a vampire?[edit]

The first and most obvious factor is the apparent lack of real content. This proves that there is a much bigger and important subtext because it would be illogical to think anyone would want to write anything so dull. One should also consider the difficulty in writing something so boring, as the author would constantly fall asleep midsentence. The only explanation for a story so unexciting is that the author included a much more interesting subtext; like, for instance, the main character is actually a vampire.

The next thing to consider, other than that Jim is actually a vampire, is why his name must be Dr. Acula; this can be logically explained. Uncle Zeno, a main character in the book, refers to “Jim” as “Doc.” This name is never elaborated upon. This is because in truth, “Doc” is short for “Doctor” which is short for “Doctor Acula” which is a longer way of saying “Dr. Acula.”


How did he become a vampire?[edit]

One may now ask, ‘How did Jim become a vampire?’ This question is solved right within the book, actually, on pages 190-192. On these pages, Uncle Zeno tells Jim the story of how his father, who was named Jim, met some kind of ‘haint’ in the form of a ghostly panther that scared him off. In truth, the ‘panther’ was a vampire, which on that night bit Jim, sucked his blood, and made him a vampire. To further prove this, you can see that by taking the vowels out of ‘haint’ in correct order and adding the letter v, m, p, r, and e, you can make the word ‘vampire.’ To try and cover this up, Jim replaced the vampire with a freaky panther thing, taking advantage of the rumors about panthers near Painter Creek. Later on Jim would go on to meet Cissy and conceive Dr. Acula, who is technically not a full vampire but instead a half vampire half human breed; this is why his ‘vampiric symptoms’ have yet to fully emerge.

This would also explain Jim’s death; he dies not by a heart attack, but instead by exposure to the sun; he had applied sunscreen robustly whenever he went outside before, but on that day he sweated so much that the sunscreen washed off, exposing his vampiric skin to the sun and leading to his demise. On page 195, Dr. Acula suggests a supernatural cause to his father’s death related to the ‘haint.’ Uncle Zeno responds cautiously;

“Uncle Zeno’s lips pursed and his brow furrowed. ‘No,’ he said, finally. ‘I don’t think anything bad was after your daddy. I think your daddy had a bad heart. I think your daddy’s heart stopped beating and he died. That’s all I think. And that’s all I care to think.’”

This is Zeno trying to quell any possibility that the cause of Jim’s death was supernatural; this is because he does not want Dr. Acula to know that he is in fact a vampire.


I'm not convinced.[edit]

The most compelling piece of evidence pointing towards Jim the Boy’s species is in his own dialogue. By looking at subtle patterns in his speech, one can find a startling quotation; “I’m (p.80) ……. a (p. 170)……… haint (p.195).” At first this incredible revelation seems meaningless, but with the letter replacement I mentioned above, ‘haint’ becomes ‘vampire.’ Thus, Jim openly admits to being a vampire! You must be convinced by now.


Jim and Amos Glass[edit]

Amos Glass is another interesting man in the mix. Throughout the novel, Cissy constantly tries to keep him away from Dr. Acula for unexplained reasons. Less intelligent people would buy that Cissy just doesn’t want Amos around because of stories about how mean he is, but that’s completely ridiculous and hardly a good explanation for not even letting him so much as see his own grandson. The truth is that in fact Amos was a vampire hunter, similar to Van Helsing. This was why he seemed to detest Jim so much, and why he is so desperate to see Dr. Acula- he wishes to drive a stake through his heart and kill Dr. Acula. At the end, his old age keeps him from moving, let alone driving stakes through people’s hearts, so Cissy grants Dr. Acula the chance to see his grandfather.


Conclusion[edit]

It is true that there are some loose ends, but the surprising amount of evidence and subtext left in the novel to back up the idea that Jim is a vampire is too great to ignore. It is only a matter of time before his hunger for blood gets the best of him and people begin disappearing in Aliceville…