Analysis Of Dr. Seuss 'What Was I Scared Of'

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The Only Thing of Which to Fear is Fear Itself Fear no more, Roosevelt does murder fear - the innocent fear. This sounds like a line that would come from the pen of Shakespeare. However, this is a the underlying message in What Was I Scared of? by Dr. Seuss. The Great Depression and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s speeches were extremely influential upon the works of Theodor Geisel, commonly known by his pen name of Dr. Seuss. One of the primary examples of this influence is reflected in What Was I Scared of?. The overall message of this book may be synopsized in the following - the only thing of which to fear is fear itself. All other fears may be overcome through bravery. Fear of the unknown hinders the individual from developmental…show more content…
I ran for home! Believe me, I had really had a scare” (Geisel, 10). The bear and the pants start with mutual fears of each other. There fears of each other exponentiate to pure terror in the presence of each other. This fear of each other obstructs them from their progressions in life and growth. Moreover, even though, at the time of the Great Depression, many business opportunities looked bleak for Geisel. He feared that his works may never be published. However, he overcame his fear of his works not being published and sent his works to 44 publishers (Lurie, 43). Even though only one of the publishers actually publishes his books, he still won an important victory over an internal conflict. Likewise, in the book: “And now, we meet quite often, Those empty pants and I, And we never shake or tremble, We both smile and we say...‘Hi!’” (Geisel, 23). The bear and pants were able to be friends after overcoming their fears of each other. Although they never truly master fear of everything, they made an important first step through overcoming fear of each other. This shows that fear needs to be overcome in order to make progress in life. Their victories over their internal conflicts helps them on the road of
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