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Figurative Languae - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

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Transcript of Figurative Languae - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
Thank you!
& Figurative Language
Figurative Language

Rhetorical Strategies: Diction/Word Choice

Word Choice/Diction
Seuss chose his words carefully to allow the reader to fully grasp how evil and heartless the Grinch is.
Terms such as "disgraceful" "foul" and "sinful" characterize the Grinch as selfish and cruel, while terms such as "termites" and "unwashed socks" display the Grinch's more gruesome attributes.
These words hold negative connotations and serve many purposes:
characterize the Grinch
enhance the imagery used to describe the Grinch and make certain details more realistic
improve the readability by appealing to the readers sight, hearing, and sense of smell
Word repetition is an important rhetorical strategy in "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" because Dr. Seuss used it to emphasize particular words. Also, the terms that are repeated are sung with emphasized tone and pitch.
The direct address to the Grinch is emphasized through the repeated statement of "Mr. Grinch", which is usually followed by an exclamation point to demonstrate the strong emotions associated with the Grinch
Other words that are repeated are "soul" and "heart."
These words are the specific things that define the plot; the Grinch grows a heart and examines his soul as the Christmas spirit begins to influence his actions
Metaphors & Similes
Metaphors are a central stylistic element in "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch".
Dr. Seuss uses them to compare the Grinch to everyday things that would not normally describe someone
For example, he compares the Grinch's heart, or rather his lack of one, to a "rotten tomato" and an "empty hole".
He also calls the Grinch "as cuddly as a cactus."
Another metaphor is used to compare the Grinch to a "skunk."
This pattern of comparison is used to cast a negative light on the Grinch.
Dr. Seuss effectively uses metaphors and similes to draw comparisons that display the Grinch's qualities as unappealing and gross.
Seuss holds a critical tone throughout the "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch!" At no point in the song does Seuss highlight the good qualities found in the Grinch.
Seuss uses phrases such as "You really are a heel," "Your heart is an empty hole," and "You're a king of sinful sots" to criticize characteristics.
Other tone words include: "mean," "disgraceful," and "crooked"
Seuss also maintains a sardonic tone. His joking manner of the Grinch created a satirical message.
Calling the Grinch "A bad banana," and saying his "heart is full of unwashed socks" can both be taking in a sardonic tone.
As a whole, "You're a Mean on Mr. Grinch" critiques the appearance, personality, and way of life of the Grinch in a sardonic tone.
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,
You really are a
as cuddly as a cactus
as charming as an
Mr. Grinch.
You're a bad banana
with a greasy
You're a monster
, Mr. Grinch.
heart's an empty
brain is full of spiders
You've got garlic in your
, Mr. Grinch.
I wouldn't touch you
with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot
You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have
termites in your
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch.
Given the choice between the
two of you I'd take the seasick
You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks,
Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch.

The three words that best describe
you are as follows, and I quote:
Stink! Stank! Stunk
You're a rotter
, Mr. Grinch.
You're the king of sinful sots
heart's a dead tomato
With moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch.
Your soul is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable
Mangled up in tangled up knots!
You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch,
With a nauseous super "
You're a crooked dirty jockey
And you drive a crooked
, Mr. Grinch.
You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich, with arsenic
You really are a
You're a bad banana
You're a monster

heart's an empty
You're a nasty wasty skunk
You're a rotter
You're the king of sinful sots
Your heart's a dead tomato

Your soul is an appalling dump heap
You're a crooked dirty jockey
Alliteration is a stylistic technique utilized throughout the song.
Some examples are:
"You're as cuddly as a cactus"
"You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel"
"Stink! Stank! Stunk!
"You're a crooked Jerky Jockey"

End Rhyme is another stylistic element in the song.
Examples of end rhyme include
"heel," "eel", and "peel"
"hole," "soul," and "pole"

These elements contribute to the unique rhythmic and musical style of the song.
Alliteration & End Rhyme
Geisel, Theodor. "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch."
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
Perf. Thurl Ravenscroft. WaterTower Music, 1966. CD

Insult Breakdown of the Grinch. Digital image. Maddox, n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2015.

"You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft Songfacts." You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft Songfacts. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2015.
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