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Green Eggs and Ham!

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Jazmine Rosado

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Jazmine Rosado Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904 and died on September 24, 1991, due to throat cancer.
He was an American writer, poet and cartoonist, he is mostly known for his children books.
Dr. Seuss wrote more than 46 children books.
Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are the most popular ones. Green Eggs and Ham was Published in 1957.
This book consists of only 50 words because of a bet he had with his publisher.
Green Eggs and Ham is basically about this character known as Sam-I-Am pestering an unnamed character who is the narrator of the story, to try his green eggs and ham. When the narrator keeps declining Sam-I-Am follows him around asking him to try it in various locations, with different animals. By the end of the book the narrator is so fed up with Sam-I-Am that he gives in and tries the dish and ends up liking it as well as Sam-I-Am
Moral of the story: Never say you do not like something until you try it. Green Eggs and Ham Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss was banned in China from 1965-1991. The only reason why this book was uplifted was because of the death of Dr. Seuss.
This book was banned because China felt that there were early signs of Marxism.
Marxism is the political and economic theories of Karl Marx, which ended up developing into the basis of communism. Karl Marx did not like capitalism, because it is a system where everybody buys and sells to try to end up with as much money as they can have.
A good example of how China feels things should be is, Factories. In China the people that own factories are well off and the people that work there are the poor people in the society. Marxism’s idea is having the people that own the factories work in the factories as well. In China, they thought that they should own and have control over everything.
In Green Eggs and Ham, there is a section that says Sam “owns” his own eggs, and they say he is basically trying to sell it to his friends.
However, I feel that Sam is displaying his independence and is giving his friends, what he calls good food. If this book is so well known and liked why was this book banned in China? I do not feel that the author crossed any lines. It is a book generated for children. It was also a friendly bet that he had with his publisher to make a book with no more than 50 words.
If you really looks closely to the book and to the metaphors there might be a hidden meaning, especially during the time the book was published.
The book was published during the time of the Civil Rights, Cold war and Vietnam issues. The book can demonstrate the liberal vs. conservative establishments. The Green eggs can mean some type of liberal idea, which might not seem right for the narrator. The breaking point of the book, that made the narrator try the green eggs and ham was when they crashed and sinks the boat in the water. After he tried it he puts his arms around him with an empty plate in his hand, this can symbolize acceptance. Accepting something new.
But honestly, is a child going to understand any of this? They are going to be more excited about the green eggs and ham, and the crazy things Sam-I-Am comes up with to get the narrator to eat it. Looking at the book from China's point of view. Work Cited Brief History of Dr. Seuss Theodore Seuss Geisel
Dr. Seuss Published in 1957 Published in 1960 Published in 1954 Published in 1960 Published in 1957 Published in 1940 Karl Marx Why Was Green Eggs and Ham Banned in a school in California? Green Eggs and Ham was banned in a school in California, because they said there were signs of homosexual innuendos.
Officials in the school, say that there is a sexual reference when Sam is trying to convince the narrator by saying “eat” the green eggs and ham. They say that the “ham” represents a phallic sausage.
There is also many lines that says state where the "sexual" action would take place “Would you, could you, on a boat”. It also questions with whom or what you would do it with “would you, could you, with a goat”.
It is said that is proposing sexual actions and the location where it is to occur. Looking at the book from the school in California point of view. I believe this school was over reacting when it came to banning this book.
Why would a child look so closely at this book for homosexual connotations?
However, looking at it now as an adult I can understand, to some extent there seems to be some homosexual innuendos.
There is no female characters only males. Sam-I-Am is trying to find out the things the narrator likes and would do (sexually). The symbolism with the ham (meat) can go to the male anatomy
However, I ask again, do you think this is something a child is really looking into when they are reading this book?
A young child reads to read, and does not analyze everything especially in a book like this. They are not even at this stage in their life where they would understand what any of this means.
Even if they did understand we now live in a society that accepts gay and lesbian marriages.
Therefore I feel this school was overreacting when they decided to ban this book. "Green Eggs and Ham: Freud on a Plate (Nowhere City)." Green Eggs and Ham: Freud on a Plate (Nowhere City). N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.
"Karl Marx, 1818-1883." Karl Marx, 1818-1883. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.
"Why Was the Book Green Eggs and Ham Banned?" WikiAnswers. Answers, n.d. Web. 12 May 2013.
"Dr. Seuss - Green Eggs and Ham (1973)." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Sept. 2012. Web. 12 May 2013.
"Dr. Seuss." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Sept. 2013. Web. 12 May 2013.
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