Green Eggs And Ham By Dr Seuss Literary Analysis

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The children's book “Green Eggs and Ham by Dr.Seuss” by Theodor Geisel has the obvious moral of not judging a book by its cover. The obvious meaning to children would be to try new things. However, from an archetypal criticism point of view, the story is seen as an allegory/metaphor for “Dante's Inferno”. Seen with Sam-I-am being a symbol for the guide Dante has the through Hell, Virgil. The unnamed character representing Dante himself goes through the different circles of Hell, and the green eggs and ham (GEH) symbolizing on the quest for God and freedom of sins.

Within Geisel’s story Sam-I-am being the representation of Virgil shows throughout the book, especially in the pictures shown. In the beginning of the story of “Green Eggs and
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When Sam-I-am takes the unnamed character outside and asks if the unnamed character would like them in a house, this represents limbo one of the first parts of Hell, where souls seek refuge this is also one of the first places Virgil takes Dante. (19) When Sam-I-am asks the unnamed character if he would like them with a mouse this represents how mice in the 14th century were considered creatures of hypocrisy, destruction, and cowardliness because they are related to the Black Plague. (19) In the circles of Hell holds cowardice and hypocrisy types of people. When Sam-I-am takes the unnamed character in a box this can represent Minos, who was a beast whose tail wrapped around you, to tell how many circles you would have to go down into Hell. (23) When Sam-I-am brings the fox this represents how Virgil took Dante to the circle of Hell which held those who committed adultery and the fox can represent Francesa who committed adultery. (23) When Sam-I-am brings the unnamed character in a tree this can represent the suicide souls that must endure eternity in the form of trees. (30-31) Many types of transportation occur in GEH any type of transportation can represent any of the creatures that helped transport Dante and Virgil deeper within Hell. The train or the car can represent

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