Would you read it on the train?
Would you read it in the rain?
Would you read it on a jet?
Would you read it on the net?
Theodor Seuss Geisel left behind him an oeuvre unparalleled by any other children’s writer. (He would, of course, have been troubled by the use of the word “oeuvre,” as it is so difficult to find a rhyme for it.)
However, “children’s writer” may be a stretch. While his works were certainly targeted at a younger audience, the themes that run throughout Seuss’ books are considered by many to be a little… adult. You may not want to paint that full wall mural of Yertle the Turtle in your kid’s bedroom just yet, unless you’re interested in creating a bully.
Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and online test prep, is here to guide you through all of Dr. Seuss’ symbolism and allegory. The online guide will shed light on which stories are really morality lessons in dis-Geisel, if you will:
- Is Horton really just an elephant who hatches an egg? Or does that egg stand for something else? And it certainly begs the question – what came first, the elephant or the egg?
- Seussian symbols? You bet. You’ll never eat green eggs and ham again. Not that you ever did.
- Want to delve into the mind of the elusive Cat in the Hat? Check out our character analyses of all of Seuss’s most beloved (and notorious) characters. One at a time though – let’s not form a Grinch mob.
- Get the dirt on some of Seuss’s juiciest gems: The Lorax; The Cat in the Hat; Horton Hatches an Egg; Oh, the Places You’ll Go!; The Sneetches and Other Stories; The King’s Stilts; If I Ran the Zoo; Bartholomew and the Oobleck; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; Green Eggs and Ham; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
From childlike wonder to wartime interventionism, this guy has something to say about everything. Check out Shmoop’s guide to Shmeussology to be enlightened about all things Seuss. Shmoop besneetches you.