School of Criticism - Marxist Criticism
I will be analyzing the poem "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" using the Marxist school of criticism. This school is based on the theories of Karl Marx and is mostly about class differences along with economic conditions. In "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss , the differences in classes can be spotted easily.
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He was the son of a successful brewmaster and was successful himself in his occupation of cartoonist and author. The Grinch on the other hand was of the lower class, he lived in the middle of nowhere and is an outcast. While the Grinch was all sad, the Whos were within Whoville living comfortably and celebrating Christmas. The Grinch hates Christmas because the presents and the food show that the Whos have money that they can spend without worry. Also all the Whos are happy and the Grinch doesn't think that is fair, which is why he tries to ruin Christmas for them, he feels that they should suffer just like he does. He steals all their food and presents, as well as ruined all their Christmas decorations and the trees. The Grinch is shown that Christmas isn't just about materialistic things, " Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,/Was singing! Without any presents at all!"(Seuss), and is also accepted by the Whos of Whoville and all his original standings of Christmas change.