Cat in the Hat Essay

1485 Words Oct 14th, 2014 6 Pages
The Importance of Fantasy in The Cat In The Hat
By Sabrina Lee Xin Ru (21257819)

The Cat in The Hat was a children’s book written and creatively illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Suess. It was first published in 1957 and has since made a deep impression in the hearts of children and adults alike. The story centers around an eccentric anthropomorphic cat that comes in to the house of two children while the adults are away, attempting to entertain them while they are stuck at home on a rainy day. The element of fantasy that was implemented throughout the story, which includes a talking pet goldfish and a talking cat that performs all sorts of tricks, became an immediate success and was praised as an exciting
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Drawing from an example from The Cat in The Hat, the young children from the story seem to be struggling with issues of maternal abandonment. What kind of errand would be so important that the mother is compelled to leave her two young children alone at home without any proper supervision, unless a bossy pet goldfish counts. Plus, the door was left unlocked so that any intruders could just easily barge into the house like how the cat did. It also seems as if the children are uncomfortable with being left alone at home without their parents around as the story is seen starting off with a gloomy, rainy day setting with the children sitting forlornly in front of the window, staring gloomily outside instead of running about and finding ways to entertain themselves ans have fun like most children would have done if left at home under their own devise. Thus this would be the reason why the children are driven to come up with a make-believe cat in order to take their mind off their current situation.

The reason is that children are born with the full spectrum of human emotions, be it wild, exciting, passionate, vigorous, totally irrational and raring to go. But they are also inexperienced and longing to explore their feelings. This is why fantasy is an excellent and safe way to do it. Fantasy offers children a rehearsed exploration of the too big, too

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