How the Grinch Taught Me Morals

Topics: Calvin and Hobbes, Comic strip, Bill Watterson Pages: 3 (985 words) Published: May 30, 2012
How the Grinch Taught Me Morals

As a child, my favorite book was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. At about 4 years old, I can’t imagine I saw anymore into that book besides the many different kinds of fish described. However, as a more mature adult, I can now see what Dr. Seuss was trying to impress upon children, the acceptance of diversity. Principles of ethics are shown to us frequently in picture books such as those by Dr. Seuss. However, as we get older, these medias we read constantly as children tend to dissipate. Comic strips, like “Calvin and Hobbes” can take their place in adulthood by showing morals and critiquing society’s values in a more mature setting, such as a newspaper, while still remaining reminiscent of our childhood books. Let’s face it; you would look a little silly analyzing a Dr. Seuss book on the train ride home from work.

Dr. Seuss is arguably the most famous writer of children’s books. He writes books that are filled with a plethora of moral, political, and ideological messages in his seemingly simple children’s stories. In One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, as mentioned earlier, is about the acceptance of diversity. “Say! What a lot of fish there are. Yes. Some are red, and some are blue. Some are old and some are new. Some are sad, and some are glad, and some are very, very bad.” You can’t help but notice the parallel between these many fish and people in the world that Dr. Seuss is trying to convey. He asks in this story why there are so many different kinds of fish, then answers stating, “I don’t know, go ask your mother”. Which tells us that there is no specific reason, that’s just the way the world is and to accept and embrace the differences around us. How the Grinch Stole Christmas gives us an anti-materialistic message. The Grinch hates Christmas and thus tries to destroy it by taking away all of the presents. Shockingly, he realizes that it wasn’t presents that make Christmas beautiful, but...
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