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    • The Art of Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel’s Use of Symbolism in Literary Works Jay A. Starr Mrs. Owens ETROY Comp and Modern English II ENG-1102-XTIL 12/T3 February 25, 2012
    •  When people say communism, socialism, politics, environmentalist, and anti-abortion, no one ever thinks of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss Geisel often put his views in his books The Art of Dr. Seuss The Art of Dr. Seuss
    •  In “Yertle The Tuttle”, Geisel depicts Hitler as Yertle Yertle is the king of the pond and steps on others to get ahead Yertle wants to be in control of all the land and other turtles “Dr. Seuss actually said Yertle was a representation of Hitler. Despite the political nature of the book, none of that was disputed at Random House…” (Conradt) Murphy The Art of Dr. Seuss =
    •  “The Butter Battle Book” “…was written in response to the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during the Reagan administration.” (The Art of Dr. Seuss) The Yooks and Zooks live on opposite sides of the wall The Yooks and Zooks disagree on how to eat their bread, butter side up or butter side down The Yooks build a weapon, the Zooks build the same type of weapon Each side produces a weapon so powerful and destructive that the people must go underground for The Art of Dr. Seuss protection Whittle =
    •  Never proven that Seuss‟ book "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!” was written directly about Watergate and President Richard M. Nixon “The book came out only two months after the whole Watergate scandal. Its unlikely that the book could have been conceived of, written, edited and mass produced in such a short time” (Pease) Geisel sent a copy of the book to friend Art Buchwald of the Washington Post with Mooney‟s name crossed out and replace with Nixon Beschloss = The Art of Dr. Seuss
    •  In the book “The Lorax”, the Lorax is the character the speaks for the trees, animals, and the environment The Once-lers chop down all the Truffula Trees to make Thneeds forcing the Bar-ba-loots to leave The Once-lers expand their factory causing more air pollution driving the Swomee-Swans out The liquid pollution the factor created is pumped into the pond causing the Humming-Fish to leave Seuss referenced the pollution in the pond to the pollution in “Lake Erie” (The Lorax 47) The Art of Dr. Seuss
    •  Geisel never admitted to being an anti-abortion activist, or incorporating anti-abortion messages into his works In the book “Horton Hears A Who”, Geisel states “Because, after all, / A person‟s a person, no matter how small.” (Horton Hears A Who 6) “Some anti-abortion rights groups have interpreted the book „Horton Hears A Who‟ as an anti-abortion parable.” (Baram) Another account of Geisel‟s rhetorical of anti-abortion is used in the book “Happy Birthday To You!” If we didn‟t have birthdays, you wouldn‟t be you…you might be a WASN‟T! A Wasn‟t has no fun at all. No, he doesn‟t. A Wasn‟t just isn‟t. He just isn‟t present.” (Happy Birthday To The Art of Dr. Seuss You 10) The Art of Dr. Seuss
    •  Whether Geisel intended to put his political agenda into his writing or not, Geisel‟s rhyming, whimsical, non-sense books promoted children to read.
    •  Baram, Marcus. "Hortons Who: The Unborn?". ABC News, 2008. Web. 21 Jan 2012. Beschloss, M.. "Richard M. Nixon." White House. The White House, 2011. Web. 28 Feb 2012. Conradt, Stacy. 10 Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories. CNN Living. 2009. Web. 21 Jan. 2012. Murphy, J. "The Other Side of the Falsifield Genocide." Tall Arminian Zale. N.p., 11 a. Web. 28 Feb 2012. Pease, Donald E. Theodor Seuss Geisel Lives And Legacies. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. Print. Seuss, Dr. Happy Birthday To You!. New York: Random House, 1987. Print. Seuss, Dr. Horton Hears A Who!. New York: Random House, 1954. Print. Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971. Print "The Art of Dr. Seuss." Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss Enterprise, L.P., 2011. Web. 21 Feb 2012. Whittle, Bill. " The Truth About The Atomic Bombs." PJ Media. N.p., 2009. Web. 28 Feb 2012.