"The Cat in the Hat" and "Baby Penguins" Comparison Essay by Nicky

"The Cat in the Hat" and "Baby Penguins"
A comparative analysis of the personification of animals in Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" and in the BBC's "Baby Penguins".
# 148405 | 2,265 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 18, 2011 in Communication (Television) , Literature (Children)

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The paper compares the famous "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss with "Baby Penguins", a part of the moving television series, "Planet Earth", through an examination of the personification of animals and the lesson or moral intended for the children. The paper highlights differences between the two works that shows how literature of the 1950s encouraged children to learn academic subjects and extrapolated on their role in the household, while modern children's literature attempts to instill in children a sense of responsibility for making the earth a better place.

From the Paper:

"In children's literature, personification is often used in order to make characters more interesting to children, as well as to teach a lesson. Often, inanimate objects, such as The Little Engine That Could, are personified. Authors give these objects child-like traits in order to engage the children, and the fact that the story's main character is not another child, but an object brought to life intrigues their imagination, encouraging their creativity. One might also argue that this personification of objects teaches a child to care for the world around him or her. While objects are often personified, however, nothing is more personified in children's literature than animals. Animals given the traits of children, parents, adults, and other actors in human society make up a bulk of children's literature. This may be because children are naturally drawn to animals, and perhaps the fact that children are learning morals or academic subjects through animals makes those topics seem less like lessons and more like fun."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC. Baby Penguins. New York, Scholastic, 2009.
  • Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. New York: Random House, 1957.

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"The Cat in the Hat" and "Baby Penguins" (2011, October 18) Retrieved September 22, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/the-cat-in-the-hat-and-baby-penguins-148405/

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