Doctor Freud and Doctor Seuss

5 Oct

Was just about to post this, when a Web search revealed that I am hardly the only one to have noticed this.  Oh well, I hate to let a perfectly good post go to waste.

“The Cat in the Hat”  was written by Dr. Seuss, but it may as well have been written by Sigmund Freud. The two children in the story represent the ego, thus they must find a middle ground between the superego represented by their pet fish (“He should not be here while your mother is out”) and the id represented by the Cat in Hat (“We can have lots of good fun that is funny”.) As if to drive the point home further, the Cat releases Thing One and Thing Two from out of a box, unleashing elements from the subconscious.

Cat in the Hat

Freudian cat

 

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