Analysis Of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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The Marxist viewpoint proves how sociological factors, such as wealth influence the characters, plot, setting, time period, or any other aspect of a piece of literature. It focuses on the relationship between different social classes and how the distribution of power, wealth, and materialism is determined. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a children’s story book written by Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The story revolved around the Grinch, a grouchy and bitter creature who lives in a snowy mountain just north of a town called Whoville. The Grinch despised the townspeople called the ‘Whos’ and their annual Christmas traditions. Through the story, the Grinch transform from a bitter and unpleasant creature to becoming a much happier…show more content…
The story is completely centered around the Grinch, the bitter creature who notoriously hates Christmas. As we learn from the text, "Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason", the reason the Grinch hates Christmas is not commonly known yet. As you continue reading further into the story, it is apparent that the real reason the Grinch hates Christmas is because he struggles financially. The Grinch seems to be in a different economic class than all of the ‘Whos’ who celebrate Christmas. The line, "But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Whoville”, demonstrates that the Grinch lives in an area away from the ‘Whos’. The Grinch lives in a cave on top of a snowy mountain, isolated from all the other townspeople. This evidence supports the argument that the Grinch is probably too poor to live in Whoville or is not good enough to appear as part of the upper…show more content…
"Why, for fifty-three years I've put up with it now!" This line shows that for the last fifty-three years, he has been powerless against the ‘Whos’ and their celebration of Christmas. The Grinch’s hatred towards the townspeople causes him to believe that he is able to take away the town’s happiness by stealing the children’s toys. In the quote, “Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant, Around the whole room, and he took every present”, the reader is able to see the satisfaction the Grinch receives from stealing the gift’s from homes. This proves how important materialistic objects are to the Grinch. He believes that materialistic objects are essential to an individual’s happiness and that without them, the children of Whoville will not be able to continue spreading their cheer and joy during the Christmas season. This allows us to see how important materialistic objects are believed to be, even in society. Many people in society believe that money is the real cause of happiness. They believe that money can buy anything and thus, buy them their happiness. They are correct to a certain extent, but not entirely. Money is only short-term happiness. I believe that happiness comes from not only money, but also from accomplishments and love. An individual who is able to achieve a certain goal or has a certain someone who is able to make their lives
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