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DescriptionAnalysis of Horton Hathes the Egg
Literary Analysis of Dr. Seuss Book
“Horton Hatches the Egg”
During Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) literary career, he was known to be express his political beliefs and support through his children’s books and cartoons. This is also the case in his book “Horton Hatches the Egg.” Published in 1940, this book was written during the early days of World War II. Dr. Seuss, an avid Franklin Delano Roosevelt supporter clearly suggested his view of the United States involvement or lack thereof and Winston Churchill in his second book, “Horton Hatches the Egg.” Winston Churchill in this story is represented by Horton the ever faithful elephant who reentered into Parliament to lead Britain in WWII. The United States in this case is Mayzie, the lazy bird who wants someone else to do all the work and reap the benefits in the end.
During Dr. Seuss’s career, he published over 400 political cartoons. There was even a book published to show tribute to all of these cartoons called “Dr. Seuss Goes to War.” In the below picture I have included, it shows a clear depiction of Dr. Seuss’s opinion how the United States separated themselves from Europe in the early stages of WWII.
In this political cartoon from http://apus-b.wikispaces.com/WWII-political+cartoons; published by Dr. Seuss he is showing how the United States is completely separate from the European war effort. In fact, early on the US avoided WWII involvement, until the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Subsequently declaring war on the Empire of Japan and then involvement began. Prior to that the US stayed out of the war and even announced their “Neutrality” only offering supplies to allied countries battling afar. This lead to economic stabilization as Americans were once again put back to work building guns, ships and various other war supplies to export to allies in need.. Dr. Seuss and reaping the benefits of a war fought by others across the sea; once again referenced in a Dr. Seuss cartoon, shown below, also found on http://apus-b.wikispaces.com/WWII-political+cartoons. Here Dr. Seuss actually characterizes a “lazy bird” as an uninvolved and comfortable American which is not concerned about the war all around them.
Taking into consideration Dr. Seuss’s politically driven ideals and how he used the platform of cartoons, children’s books and other media, it is clear to me that his story, “Horton Hatches the Egg”, is another clear depiction of his political opinions. The lazy bird, Mayzie is his personification of the United States and their neutral stance in the war until it was brought to their shores after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Prior to this, the US was still reviving themselves from WWI, leading to their decision to hang ...
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