Short Essay On Dr. Seuss

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Madeleise Ortiz
English 241
Trever Karens
Short Essay#1: Illustrator Study

Theodor Geisel

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield Massachusetts. Theodore is also known as Dr. Seuss, if you want to pronounce the name the way his family did, you would say Zoice, not Soose. His name is german name, and it was his mother’s maiden name: Henrietta Seuss’s parents came from Bavaria a federal state in Germany (part of modern-day Germany) during the nineteenth century. As a magazine cartoonist, he began signing his work under the mock-scholarly title of “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss” in 1927. He shortened Dr. Theophrastus Seuss to “Dr. Seuss”. In 1928. In acquiring his professional pseudonym, he also gained a new pronunciation.
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Seuss’s poems were not ordinary each one of his poems/stories had a meaning and a purpose to them. Many times, the editing company would come to Seuss and ask him to create a book that contain between 50 to 250 new vocabulary words for kids who are reading it to learn to learn. This was something that Seuss excelled in. The book of the Cat in the Hat contained 48 different words for the children to learn. Those 48 words were more than just explanation of a cat coming to a house to entertain some kids was conveyed. The true meaning of that story was the “virtues of autonomy, efficiency, and skepticism”. In other stories that he has written such as Yertle the Turtle and The Butter Battle Book each have a very pronounced symbolism. In Yertle the Turtle symbolized the danger Hitler was. The Butter Battle Book was the event known in history as the Cold War. In addition to Dr. Seuss symbolism, Dr. Seuss used rhyme as another poetic element in his books One example of Seuss’s use of rhyme in the Cat in the Hat is, “…Make that cat go away! Tell that Cat in the Hat you do NOT want to play... He should not be about...when your mother is out!”. The use of end rhyme such as “away and play” and “about and out” is scattered throughout many of Dr. Seuss’s
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