Amazingly Well Constructed

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"Geisel looked at his turtle pile...I couldn't draw Hitler as a turtle" (Scanlan 167).

Scanlan wrote a wonderful introduction to his article entitled "Dr. Seuss: Wild Orchestrate of Plausible Nonsense for Kids." I thought that he was really talking about turtles and being an artist, until he began talking about history and Hitler. I quickly thought about how Hitler caused so many deaths and how Scanlan drew many turtles piling up. It was an immediate image of how turtles pile up as fast as people when they are dieing.

It was also very interesting that Scanlan wrote without using the word "I." In his sentence, "There are 60 different shades of green on the chart, and Geisel cannot find the right one" (170). He could have written “I” in place of “Geisel,” but he didn't. It reads like a story and is much more interesting instead of focusing on the first person’s point of view.

Click here for the course web page devoted to Scalan.

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Derek, you're right. The writer of this article does an excellent job of keeping herself out of the article while still making an impression on the reader. She writes using a whimsical style, pointing out the small details that make Seuss so darn interesting. An example of this is the one example you had. You would never think of a children's author being troubled about Hitler unless you knew that he was a political cartoonist before he qrote children's books. Seuss is famous AND he's out of the ordinary, two components that when paired with Cynthia Gorney's wonderful writing style make for a knock-out article.

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