April Fools!

The Linguistic Spectacle: “The Cat In The Hat”

Dr. Seuss outshines doctors of our time

By William Morton

“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss is advanced in both context and vocabulary. How did Dr. Seuss come up with the intelligent structure built around one feline wearing a hat that resembles peppermint?

Viewers are going to identify with the Cat in the hat and his companions: Thing 1 & 2 and the fish that tries to get the Cat in the Hat to not bother the children with his antics.

The book has color which evokes emotion depending on which color is displayed in the book.

“The Cat in the Hat” promotes acrobatics due to the fact that the Cat makes his own traipse in the children’s home, juggles a plethora of belongings and lets Thing 1 & 2 run around the house.

The rhyming flow is what grabs the attention of the reader; the flow resembling that of rap lyrics. There are undertones that are concerning, such as laughing at mischief and not getting the hint to not be annoying.

The Cat in the hat is someone who wants to make the best of situations and tries to do that in his own way. The way pictures express feelings and emotions that the characters experience in a detailed manner. For example, when the boy asserts his opinion of the Cat in the Hat, the Cat’s face and bow-tie are angled to appear as if they are frowning.

“The Cat in the Hat” also disguised politics within its context. The Cat in the hat comes to have an appreciation for home policies after the boy requests that the Cat get out of their building. The fish acts as the voice of reason, and though the Cat and the fish don’t have the same attitude regarding the situation, the Cat displays his appreciation for the fish’s hospitality.

There are certain things that need to be clarified about the Cat in the Hat: what is his job history and why did he choose to go to an unsupervised place to entertain children?

The hat on the Cat is noticeably colorful in appearance. Red can represent feeling energetic, which is how the Cat in the Hat feels when he is running around the home of Sally and the boy.

Those who are familiar with the story have had something similar occur to them: the Cat in the Hat can be compared to that freeloading neighbor who tries to have conversations with you, but in actuality wants the food from your refrigerator.

Dr. Seuss had the presence of a strong writer, probably due to the “doctor” part, but what is he the doctor of exactly? Rhyming? But then he probably has the same certification as Dr. Dre. That explains the hip-hop-esque flow in his writing.

“The Cat in the Hat” is an example of a linguistic spectacle and the vocabulary is so complex that it should be reserved for reading enthusiasts. How did he rhyme “cat” with “hat” and still proceed to continue rhyming? That is an example of experienced talent from an author who isn’t recognized for what he brings to the literary table.

“The Cat in the Hat” is something to ponder and the context is so artistic that it was adapted to both movies and television. So, “The Cat in the Hat” is now its own brand, but the question that should be asked is, are rappers going to make their own cover to “The Cat in the Hat?”

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