The Cat in the Hat by Dr. SeussSeusss most cynical political work describes the cycle of every generation: first you hate the machine, then you rage against the machine, then you embrace the machine, then you become the machine.
Sally and her brother, who, like Dostoevskys sick man and Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man, will remain unnamed, join with the force of revolution, embodied by the Cat in the Hat. Together they recruit agents of change and chaos - the furious Things One and Two - to dismantle the oppressive world built by their parents.
The ensuing freedom proves too much for them, though. They turn against the Cat, and finally they capture and cage Things One and Two. Meanwhile the Cat in the Hat literally becomes the machine:
His promise of anarchic freedom is a facade. In fact he is an agent of stasis, and everything is put neatly back just as it was. The revolution will be reset. Sally and her brother have become what they rebelled against. The idealism of another generation is crushed under the weight of convention. And what will you do, when your mother asks you?
3 Reasons to Love The Cat in the Hat
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Seuss's enthralling tale, The Cat in the Hat, is full of vibrancy, spark, fun - and madness! Here are three reasons why readers should love it. The story of The Cat in the Hat is fantastically fun and entertaining. When two children are stuck inside on a cold, wet day, they think they're going to have a very dull time of it - until a mischievous cat in a stripy hat strides in through the door, that is! The Cat in the Hat wants to play a game in which he balances all sorts of objects on himself, including a fish, a book, a cup, a cake and an umbrella - but soon, it all comes tumbling down, and makes an awful mess! But the Cat isn't finished: he then introduces the children to his two small friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who proceed to fly kites in the house and make even more of a mess! When the fish looks out of the window and sees the children's mother arriving home, he thinks there can't possibly be a way to tidy everything up in time - but the Cat returns with an incredible machine, which quickly picks up all of the objects strewn around the house.