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  •  some of Dr. Seuss's other imagery not so pleasing (8+ / 0-)

    The racist caricatures questioning the loyalty of Japanese Americans a few weeks before the policy of internment was announced have not, shall we say, aged quite as well as the Lorax.

    •  Yes, all that, and don't even (2+ / 0-)
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      zeitshabba, Swill to Power

      bet me started on the darker implications of The Cat in The Hat

      Or, as discussed by The New Yorker:

      The Cat in the Hat was a Cold War invention. His value as an analyst of the psychology of his time, the late nineteen-fifties, is readily appreciated: transgression and hypocrisy are the principal themes of his little story. But he also stands in an intimate and paradoxical relation to national-security policy. He was both its creature and its nemesis—the unraveller of the very culture that produced him and that made him a star. This is less surprising than it may seem. He was, after all, a cat.

      Every reader of "The Cat in the Hat" will feel that the story revolves around a piece of withheld information: what private demons or desires compelled this mother to leave two young children at home all day, with the front door unlocked, under the supervision of a fish? Terrible as the cat is, the woman is lucky that her children do not fall prey to some more insidious intruder. The mother’s abandonment is the psychic wound for which the antics of the cat make so useless a palliative. The children hate the cat. They take no joy in his stupid pet tricks, and they resent his attempt to distract them from what they really want to be doing, which is staring out the window for a sign of their mother’s return. Next to that consummation, a cake on a rake is a pretty feeble entertainment.

      Scary, scary stuff to be sure (read it all here)

      •  Dr. Seuss paging Dr. Freud (0+ / 0-)

        Too true! The piece on The Cat in the Hat you suggest is itself a bit of Freudian hilarity: the author starts by reading the book to his son, and ends by comically warning other parents away from the dangerous messages of the book (castration anxiety 101).

    •  I had a 3rd paragraph on this, but deleted it. (0+ / 0-)

      His opinion of Japanese-Americans was beyond excusable. From calling them "The 5th Column" to the caricatures of them as alley cats, his misinformed, misguided views of Japanese-Americans was covered in depth in the book as well.

      I deleted that third paragraph, obviously. While it is important to note, I didn't want to make it the centerpiece of my point as it quickly would have been. After reading the other response to your comment, it's time for me to revisit The Cat In The Hat, too.

      I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV.

      by zeitshabba on Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 12:02:18 PM PDT

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