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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Allegory

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Jihana Mendu

on 25 September 2014

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Transcript of The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Allegory

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The story
Read by Eric Carle himself!
Allegory: Capitalism
Definition: A capitalist is a wealthy person who uses money to invest in trade and industry for profit in accordance with the principles of capitalism
Characteristic of Capitalist:
1. Capitalist prefer a government steering rewards to certain people an losses to everyone else.
2.Capitalists are usually in the highest level of social hierarchy
Capitalist Society
Capitalist Caterpillar to Capitalist Butterfly ( social classes)
Caterpillar Capitalist Society
Story Reflections/Representations
Influences on Carle
Thesis:In the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the caterpillar’s journey parallels the destruction of unrestrained capitalism fueled by greed, but when wisdom and temperance direct consumption, then the end product is no longer weighed down by gluttony and excess, and the caterpillar flies away.
Homework: Worksheet 15 points
Journal: Niccolò Machiavelli once said,
"The ends justify the means."
Do you agree with this?
Why or why not?
Capitalist societies have multiple negative qualities, many of these qualities include:
- greed
This type of Society depends on consumers belief that through consumer products we will reach some sort of perfection
When the caterpillar uses wisdom and temperance and instead of eating junk food gluttonously eats the natural/ organic leaf he is able to become a butterfly
The language used in the book is generally biased towards the butterfly to hint its hierarchy.
Caterpillar: Tiny, fat
Butterfly: Beautiful
The caterpillar and capitalist society have many parallels some of these including:
Caterpillar= capitalist society before its transformation
Butterfly= capitalist society after transformation
Transformation= the change between being greedy into having great wisdom
Fruits= The needs of a capitalist society
Process foods= The luxuries/ unnecessary products of a capitalist society
Leaf= Money gain that justifies waste in the caterpillar/ capitalist's mind
Eric Carle grew up in Nazi Germany, this was a period of socialist rule
His hatred for capitalism could have easily been brought about by his socialist up bringing
While Carle may not have been directly trying to criticize capitalist societies he may have indirectly hinted criticism in to his story because of his childhood background
- The wealthy and powerful of a capitalist society often waste large amounts of resources, like wise the caterpillar only eats a little bit of each piece of food leaving the rest to rot.
-The stomach ache from eating all the junk food is a parallel to the problems capitalist companies face due to deforestation and the use of nonrenewable resources
The eating of the leaf to calm the stomach ache parallels to capitalist companies using organic materials to solve their waning natural resource
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