Literary few that can withstand time. One

Literary influences come and go, there are only few that can withstand time. One of those being Theodor Geisel, also known by generations of readers and writers as Dr.Seuss. Dr. Seuss did not only have an influence on writers but society, through his political messages, life lessons and even his creative writing style can teach lessons to aspiring writers. Dr. Suess is an iconic household name in which everyone has heard of, he truly left a major legacy for aspiring writers and readers of this generation and many generations to come. As a child most did not realize Dr.Seuss’ hidden political messages but in between his time of being a writer he was a political cartoonist for two years. He drew more than 400 cartoons on these subjects, many of which were directed at war, Hitler, Racism, and many other relevant subjects. One of his reasons for his expressions of politics is because he himself was a liberal and a moralist who would use his books as a way to speak freely about these subjects with use of ridicule, satire, and nonsense to make light of these situations. His messages of politics can be found in books such as; Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, and The Butter Battle Book. For example in ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ the most iconic quote is “A person’s a person no matter how small” and this is a quote that sparked many pro-life protesters to debate whether he was in support of this controversial movement or not even though Dr. Seuss’ widow, Audrey Gisele confirmed that he had gone as far as to threaten to sue pro-life organizations for using his quote as their slogan has he did not agree with this movement. Although this theory was incorrect protestors ignored his threats and after his death continued to use his quote as their slogan. Dr.Seuss also speaks of other social issues one being conformity. Throughout the book, the message is that although Horton is very different from the other animals he does not choose to conform to the way of the other animals. Which was a reflection of the time that Seuss wrote this book in, there was a struggle against fascism where culture and political conformity was made necessary. These hidden political meanings were very inspirations towards readers and future writers because it demonstrated to them that they could express their views and opinions in their stories without fear of ridicule or judgment. Despite the themes of politics Seuss also included messages throughout his stories that readers could take with them throughout their entire lives.  Some messages include the importance of believing in yourself and your abilities, doing the work rather than waiting, and reading and writing. Within Seuss’ work, he has written about so many messages towards kids and even adults on how to live a better quality of life. There are certain quotes from each book that are truly iconic in a sense because they are the ones that have the strongest meanings and will stick with the reader. For example “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” This is a quote that comes from Seuss’ book ‘Happy Birthday to You’ this is a work from Suess that shows the reader that they should be themselves even though you are different. This specific quote means that you should be yourself because there is no one else like you and no one else will ever be like you and you should believe in who you are. Another example is a quote directly from Seuss himself and not one of his works. “Everything stinks till it’s finished.” This quote is seemingly simple but it has meanings of procrastination and what he is basically saying is that writing and even other aspects of your life can be difficult until you finally get down to it and finish the thing that has been on your mind. In some cases, you could fear to finish the project due to the worry of failure, rejection or even severe writer’s block but it’s always better to sit down and work at it to finish the thing that has been troubling you rather than procrastinate even more. An additional quote is “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” This is from Dr. Seuss’ works ‘I can read with my eyes closed.’ this quote shows how amazing reading is and how it can teach you things and take you to places you have never heard of or even places that don’t exist. Reading is an amazing tool that people take for granted and Seuss wanted to get the message across that this is a gift that we should utilize and take advantage of. The message of reading also goes hand in hand with writing because without writing there’d be nothing to read and no way to express yourself however you would like to.  The messages that Dr.Seuss fills his works of arts with are ones that readers of all ages will be able to carry with them throughout their lives and have practical meanings.Lastly, Dr. Seuss’ different and creative style of writing can be inspirational to young writers as his style is unique and with an ‘I can do whatever because it’s mine’ attitude. HIs writing is so different and more than just the typical poetry book, he is so much more than just an author who rhymes and it takes so much more to write in his style then to choose a topic and rhyme. He taught readers many different lessons. One of which being reading should be fun. When Seuss wrote ‘The Cat in The Hat’ it was because he was told that kids weren’t learning to read because reading was boring. Before beginning to write this Seuss was then given a list of only 348 words, these were the number of words that every 6-year-olds should know and was told to write a book with it. It took him many months and he did it and made it so much more than just a way to learn to read it became a story that everyone would know and love. Additional lessons he has taught to readers give your writing rhythm. One of the reasons why Seuss’ books are so different is because of the way the words in the book can be spoken, the words could be sung or shouted or even danced to and it would flow together beautifully. Seuss’ novels have such a poetic way of being written that it’s almost as if you’re reading the lyrics to your favourite song and you can hear the tune in your head. One last lesson he has taught readers is to accept the chaos, even multiply it. Seuss book usually begins with a sense of familiarity or normality and as the book goes on it just gets odder, until the chaos in the novel is everywhere. This is another reason why Seuss novels are so amazingly creative because he doesn’t care for normality, he finds his most creative plot points in the chaos. This is why Seuss is such an inspiration to young writers and he has hundreds of lessons he has taught readers but the few stated previously are ones that help a writer create a story as if they were Seuss themselves.Theodor Seuss Geisel was an amazing writer who was truly an inspiration and role model for writers who wanted to write something different and with hidden meanings and messages. He is an author who has changed generations of people’s views on writing, politics, and their way of living. He treats his readers no matter the age like they are adults with his themes of politics but he still allows the playful and chaotic themes in the book to be a fun and enjoying read. Seuss also helps the readers to learn about life and how to increase the quality of it through his life lessons. Lastly, he taught aspiring writers that they can write however they want as long as it’s meaningful to them, just like he did, Suess wrote however he wanted, he wrote with a rhythm and chaos which made his writing different. He wrote in such a different creative style  He is an iconic family name that will continue to alter generations perception on everything from themselves to the work of art they produce.