"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is a popular children's story intended for young boys and girls under the age of ten. The book features a green, irritable, displeased, cave-dwelling creature who lives atop a mountain in a fantasy world. The Grinch, along with his pet dog, observes from their cavernous home, the Christmas festivities of the neighboring town of Whoville. After 53 years, the creature chooses to finally put an end to the Who's Christmas celebrations, and make Christmas not come. The Grinch decides that in order to suppress the annoying holiday cheer of the Who's, he must sneak into all of their houses and steal their Christmas paraphernalia. He fashions a Santa-like jacket and hat and affixes a branch to the head of Max the dog, and sets off to Whoville to rid the surrounding areas of happiness and joy.
The Grinch sneaks into young Cindy-Lou Who's house, steals the stockings, the presents, food, the Christmas tree, and even the log from the fire, but not before encountering the 2-year old Who. He lies to her saying that he will bring back the Christmas tree after repairing one of the lights. She goes back to bed, and the Grinch leaves to rob all the other houses. He takes his Christmas loot back to the top of Mt. Crumpit. When he reaches the top he hears the merry singing of all the Who's down in Whoville. Christmas did come after all. The Grinch couldn't stop Christmas from occurring, for the day was not about the gifts or the Christmas tree, but about the people and their company.
Based upon the story, the socio-economic structure of Whoville is very complex. They appear to be conservative in some aspects but liberal in others. For starters, the community is very tight-knit, as noted in line 31 of the poem, "Every Who down in Whoville, the big and the small, would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing. They'd stand hand-in-hand and the Who's would start singing!" There is a low crime rate, based upon the fact that Cindy-Lou Who...
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