Sneetches Allegory

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The Sneetches is a children’s book written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, in 1961. The story tells about a group of creatures that seem to be the same in appearance. All of the creatures are yellow, shaped similar to a large bowling pin and basically identical. There is one difference that separates the Sneetches, some have a green star on their bellies and some do not. This small physical difference ends up dividing the community of Sneetches. The group of Sneetches with star-bellies thinks they are better than the group with plain bellies. The star-bellied Sneetches brag about their stars. They feel and act superior to the plain bellied Sneetches. They tease the plain bellied Sneetches and treat them horribly. The star-bellied ones do not include them in any of their events or activities. They teach their children to treat the plain bellied children this way also. Basically the star-bellied Sneetches look down on the plain bellied Sneetches and do not think of them as equal. This awful treatment makes the plain bellied Sneetches feel very sad and oppressed. They want to fit in and be included not made to feel inferior. It seems as if there is nothing they can do to change the situation. One day a stranger named Sylvester McMonkey McBean rides in with what he says is the answer to their problem. He has a contraption that can put stars on their bellies! He sells them easily on the idea since they are willing to do whatever they can to fit in. They pay a $3 fee, go through the machine and come out with a green star on their bellies. Now they were happy because they looked just like the other star-bellied Sneetches. The original star-bellied Sneetches got really mad because they can no longer tell who is who. Mr. Monkey McB... ... middle of paper ... ...scrimination, racism and inequality are unjust and have no place in our society. People are people and should all be treated equal. Differences should not divide us. They should be accepted and used to bring us closer together. What a better place the world would be if everyone practiced this concept! Dr. Seuss. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Random House. New York. 1961. http://avondaleartworks.com/the_art_of_dr_seuss/dr_seuss_for_president http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143 http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2009/02/dr_seusss_political_books.htm Works Cited Dr. Seuss. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Random House. New York. 1961. http://avondaleartworks.com/the_art_of_dr_seuss/dr_seuss_for_president http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143 http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2009/02/dr_seusss_political_books.htm

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