Grinch Stole Christmas: Archetypal Criticism

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The school of criticism that best interprets Dr.Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is archetypal criticism. This poem follows the archetypal pattern, where the Grinch leaves his house on a quest to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an obvious example of “Good and Light vs Evil and Darkness” the Grinch representing evil and the Who’s representing good. “The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!” Christmas is seen as something joyful and family oriented which the Who’s admire, while on the other hand the Grinch despises such festivities. The Grinch stole everything from the Who’s houses “On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.” which led to making an image of evil.
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