Green Eggs and Ham

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Green Eggs and Ham
Growing up, it was common for children to be familiar with the well-known children’s picture book “Green Eggs and Ham” written by the famous author Dr. Seuss. This famous story was written “when someone challenged him to write a book using 50 words or less” (Baldassarro 2). The gist of the book “Green Eggs and Ham” is it is about a character called “Sam I Am.” Sam’s goal in the book is to try and get his roommate who is very grouchy and negative to try green eggs and ham in different locations throughout the story. Some of these locations include a boat or a house. Not only does Sam want his roommate to try green eggs and ham in various locations, but also with various dining partners, including a goat and a mouse. The story ends by when the roommate gives in to Sam’s constant begging for him to try the food and tries a bite of the Green Eggs and Ham, where he learns that he actually enjoys the taste of Green Eggs and Ham.
Although Green Eggs and Ham is a great favorite among most according to the article “Banned Books Week: Green Eggs and Ham,” Green Eggs and Ham was banned between 1965 and 1991 in the People’s Republic of China because of a portrayal of “Early Marxism.” (Liberman 1). “Marxism is the political and economic theories of Karl Marx, which later developed into the basis for communism” (Liberman 1). The general idea of Marxism is to have the people owning the factories and working in them. Being a different culture, China beliefs were very strong to the issue. The China culture believed that the government should have complete control and own everything. However, this goes against Marx’s ideas of the workers owning the factories. Author Sherri Liberman states her claim that in “Green Eggs and Ham,” Sam “owns” his own eggs, and is almost selling his product to his friend. Sam is showing his independency and giving his friend “wealth” in the form of extra food (Liberman 1). This sense of independency did not settle well with the

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