Essay on Theodore Geisel's Emergence as Dr. Seuss

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Theodore Geisel's Emergence as Dr. Seuss

The appellation , "Dr. Seuss," has become a name that often evokes fond memories of a cherished childhood. Entrenched in monotony of gray day when, "The sun did not shine./ It was too wet to play," we only had to look at the grinning face of Dr. Seuss's famous cat to remind us that there was more to do than wait as time slipped away. There was something appealing in the simple anapestic tetrameter rhythm, coupled with nonsensical words and illustrations of outlandish creatures that seemed to call out to the vibrant, dynamic imagination of a child.

Through over forty-two books Dr. Seuss has been able to encourage children to seek delight in reading and has opened the minds of successive
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Despite the universally recognizable cat in a tall, red and white striped, smokestack hat, titles such as, Green Eggs and Ham, and the very name "Dr. Seuss" most people know very little about the individual who hold such high esteem among child and parent alike. In fact, one would question, "Who?" at the very mention of the name Theodore Geisel--- the man behind the cat. As is often the case with figures who reach the realm of mythic status in society much is lost as to their own identity. In this study of the who "Dr. Seuss" really was, one quickly comes to learn that with such a story of success it is simply not enough to say, "He graduated from here. He wrote this," but one must analyze the factors that motivated such overwhelming creativity, productivity, and the social responsibility of educating the unlearned masses of children and adult alike (for those of us who still curl up to, Horton Hears a Who.) In developing this study, the model for creativity set up by Dr. Howard Gardener in his book, Creative Frames of Mind will be employed, serving as a basis of critical inquiry and analysis into the complex mind that created a "Lorax" and the "Grinch." Howard Gardener identifies seven frames of intelligence as existing in the human mind and that humans tend to gravitate toward one or a combination of these intelligences, which then determine the nature of a person's creative
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