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.
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