The Sneetches

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The Sneetches

Dr. Seuss is well known for his entertaining childrens books that demonstrated morals concerning serious topics. In 1961 he wrote “The Sneetches” to communicate the serious topic of racism. He uses present real world real time topics that may be difficult to fully grasp, but Seuss uses silly creatures and situations but in a realistic way to make such topics easier to relate with. He demonstrates the morality within such situations and topics. In “The Sneetches” Dr. Seuss uses satire, allusion, and allegory to communicate the serious topic of segregation that exists within the Sneetch society.

In the story “The Sneetches” Dr. Seuss uses satire to communicate the topic of racism in a humorous way in order to teach a moral and to make the topic easier to connect with. Seuss immediately makes the distinction between the Sneetches, “Now, he star-belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The plain-belly Sneetches had none upon thars.” By making this distinction Seuss demonstrates the difference within the Sneetch society. There is clear evidence demonstrating the racial segregation - “When the star-belly Sneetches had frankfurter roasts they never invited the plain-belly Sneetches.” - Which goes to show that there is segregation between the Sneetches. The star-belly Sneetches continue to communicate discriminatory statements such as, “We are the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches,” and, “We are still the best Sneetches and they are the worst.” The star-bellied Sneetches continue to segregate the plain-belly Sneetches - “You only could play if your bellies had stars,” and, “They kept them away. They never let them come near.” - which continues to convey segregation within the Sneetch society. The fact that Seuss uses funny images to represent humans and makes the ridiculous topic of racism easier to relate to, shows that Seuss does in fact use satire in “The Sneetches.”

Allusion is a connection to a larger idea often related to human...
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