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Amazon.com review: Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
(5-stars) Resistance is Futile... You will be Assimilated, February 7, 2004
Reviewer: mad-haus (see more about me) from Silicon Valley, CA USA

Green Eggs and Ham is more than a simple children's tale of the need to
try new foods. It is a disturbing glimpse at the Cold War forces that
made Eisenhower-era America the stifling society it was, a nightmare for
the creative and intellectual classes.

It begins with an Everyman innocently reading in, we should presume, his
own home. A stranger runs past him with a wooden sign announcing that he
is Sam. Our protagonist recognizes he is the victim of a home invasion,
but like so many restrained Updike males, is unable to voice his
objection to his domestic tranquility being shattered, other than to
utter a powerless plea that he doesn't care for this Sam character.

Sam, having taken the upper hand, moves beyond in-your-face picketing
(note the clever denigration of peace activists by this introduction)
and will now force our hero to eat some offensive looking victuals: meat
clearly in the advanced stages of rot, and eggs to match. There is a
suggestion that the spineless victim brought this upon himself by hiding
from society, engaging in anti-American activity by reading books. The
reader is left to ponder whether the victim is a Communist, or at the
very least a vegetarian. For this reason, Sam, cleverly named to
represent the consensus view of these United States, must prevail.

The victim's protests are many, his attempts at evasion numerous.
Leaving the safety of his home only increases his discomfort; he is
forced to endure the company of several possibly rabid mammals, all
while Sam keeps shoving the unwanted offal in his face. While he has
removed the irrepressible Sam from his house, he must also deal with
roller-coaster rides into the water, while getting rained on and being
forced to climb a tree; none of these being interests of your typical
egghead. As the story moves along, the reader feels less and less
sympathy for the victim, blaming his situation on his nonconformity,
even if the society of those who wish him to eat rotten animal products
are animals themselves.

The presumptive lesson of this book is that one must conform to social
pressure, or even worse things will happen. This fable is an important
lesson for today, with so many anti-intellectual messages coming from
both government and media. Viewed in its proper context, we see it as a
cautionary tale of a hellishly restrictive society that is back with a
vengeance.

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John's got this theory that green eggs and ham is a particularly strong and habit-forming sort of antidepressant, because everyone else seems so blissed/zoned.

I just submitted this review at Amazon:

As the book opens, we see The Other Guy reading his newspaper. He seems cheerless; not obviously suicidal or anything, but not happy. So Dr. Sam-I-Am, psychiatrist errant, rides by on his mutant dog to test The Other Guy's reactions. Answer: nearly no reaction; just a raised eyebrow. Hmm, clearly this guy is feeling down. OK, so to confirm, the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual recommends riding by again, this time on a cat. Reaction: "That Sam-I-Am! That Sam-I-Am! I do not like that Sam-I-Am!". Ah! The Other Guy seems depressed. Next, the DSM recommends offering green eggs and ham, which most people like, due to their antidepressant properties.

Shock! The Other Guy says he doesn't like green eggs and ham! Oh dear, this is a hard case. So Dr. Sam-I-Am starts running through the DSM's recommendations for getting the patient to try green eggs and ham: in a house, with a mouse, etc. His machinations keep getting more and more obvious (e.g., the train arrives just as the car falls out of the tree), and The Other Guy gets angrier and angrier. Finally, the train falls on the boat, which is the point at which the reader realizes the truth: all of the people and animals in this book, except The Other Guy, are on green eggs and ham. (How many ship captains, when a train falls on their boat and sends it to the bottom, would remain calm and smile cheerily at the goat?) Eventually, weary of resisting, The Other Guy agrees to try the prescription. Immediately, the antidepressant effects of green eggs and ham kick in; he becomes a smiling, well-adjusted slave of the American Green Eggs And Ham Council (AGEAHC). He thanks Sam-I-Am profusely, who smiles contentedly, thinking about the hefty bounty the AGEAHC will pay him.


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