A Critical Analysis Of Dr. Seuss

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When children are first learning to read, teachers and parents supply them with straight-forward, amusing books with a clear and understandable moral. Books by the most famous children authors, such as Dr. Seuss, teach their young readers basic messages about life. Many of the most renowned children books deliver a strong message of the importance of family, friendship, equality, and acceptance. As the children get older, the morals of their books become less obvious and more complex, and when they are nearing adulthood the moral may be taken out completely. However, most of these books, especially ones that are considered works of literary fiction, replace the moral with something that is often similar- the theme. Theme, the central idea where the author attempts to demonstrate a generalization of human behavior or society, often gives the reader insight into how others’ perceive the world. Although the reader may not fully accept the theme, one should always reflect upon what the author presents in his or her story. In commercial fiction, the theme of the story often aligns with the readers’ views. However, the theme of literary fiction tends to challenge the reader’s views and beliefs. The reason why “The Lottery”, “The Necklace”, and “The Sniper” are all celebrated as some of the most powerful short stories is because of the insightful themes that they present to the reader. In “The Lottery”, author Shirley Jackson attempts to convey the theme that
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