Ideological aspects of children’s books by Dr. Seuss (Bachelor thesis)

Πηλ, Ηλέκτρα/ Peel, Elektra

Inspired by the author’s own childhood memories of reading Dr. Seuss’s books, this thesis aims to determine whether or not his works include ideological subtext by analysing six of his stories, namely Horton Hears A Who!, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Sneetches, The Zax, What Was I Scared Of? and The Lorax, and the ways in which they have been incorporated into these works. As a means to achieve that, this research begins with a literature review so as to examine the ways in which ideology typically appears in children’s fiction. Subsequently, a short biography of Dr. Seuss is presented, followed by a description of the methodology that is used in the research. Utilising the method of qualitative research, the analyses of the six works by Dr. Seuss mentioned above is then carried out, taking into account their historical context, and examining their plot, characters, language, their text’s formatting, and their illustrations in order to bring the ideas the author included in them to light. Finally, this thesis comes to a close with the presentation of the conclusions of this research, which indicate the presence of various ideologies in Dr. Seuss’s works, most notable of which are the universal values of love, mutual respect and harmonious coexistence. It is also important to highlight that they are all presented in an active manner, in an effort to encourage the young readers to discover them themselves instead of imposing these ideas on them.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Children's literature
Keywords: Dr. Seuss,Ιδεολογία,Παιδική λογοτεχνία,Ιdeology,Children’s fiction

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