Many people are unaware that some of Dr. Seuss's children books held political implications. Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches and Other Stories, Horton Hears A Who, and The Butter Battle Book are all postwar books he wrote to address certain underlining issues of society that he felt most strongly about. Dr. Seuss only hoped to inform kids of the significance of human beings in Horton Hears A Who, the dangers of nuclear weapons in the Butter Battle Book, the acceptance of human beings regardless of race in The Sneetches and Other Stories, and the dangers of a dictatorship in Yertle the Turtle. Each of his books carries their own specific theme, but one major theme that they all share is the hope for a better world.
In the beginning, researching and writing for essay two was difficult for me because I felt that I did not understand the concept. During the research phase for essay 2, I couldn't find enough on what Dr.Seuss felt passionate about or spoke up against. Initially, I wrote an essay discussing his concerns for kids in Axis Nations growing up in a fascist environment, but there was not enough evidence to support my claim. But once Professor Seeley helped me find a clear topic to discuss, the writing began to flow. She introduced me to the thought of writing about one of his controversial message books and him defending the message behind it. The Sneetches and Other Stories seemed to be a great book to discuss since it dealt with racism and came out after World War II- a time when the issue of racism was at its peak. The peer reviews were extremely helpful in correcting my grammar mistakes and detecting weird phrases. And because I was still wary about my writing for the new topic, I emailed Professor Seeley to see if she understood the concept of my new essay. Once I received her approval, I was propelled to continue writing and developing my essay into the best that it could be. The peer reviews and teacher's comments really helped to develop my rough draft into a well written and fully developed final draft.
Incorporating a multi-modal element added an interesting aspect to the paper. As soon as I figured out what I was going to be writing about I automatically knew the images I would need. I feel that at different points in my paper they are appropriate in visually enhancing each of my arguments or claims. When talking about the Sneetches, I added a picture of the Plain Bellied and Star Bellied Sneetches to help the reader understand what Sneetches were. Further into my essay when I talk about World War II, I added a picture from a German Concentration Camp to enhance my argument about the harsh conditions Jews had to endure under a dictatorship. The picture of Yertle the Turtle helps readers understand who Yertle is when I say that Dr. Seuss modeled him after Hitler. All of these pictures greatly enhance my arguments and help the reader to understand my purpose in the paper.
Although Dr. Seuss never really discussed the true meaning behind each of his children's books, literary analysts have deciphered what they felt the "hidden messages" in each of his books were.