The Sneetches is a children’s book written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, in 1961.
The story tells about a group of creatures that seem to be the same in appearance. All of the creatures are yellow, shaped similar to a large bowling pin and basically identical. There is one difference that separates the Sneetches, some have a green star on their bellies and some do not. This small physical difference ends up dividing the community of Sneetches. The group of Sneetches with star-bellies thinks they are better than the group with plain bellies. The star-bellied Sneetches brag about their stars. They feel and act superior to the plain bellied Sneetches. They tease the plain bellied Sneetches and treat them horribly. The star-bellied ones
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Now the original star-bellies become plain bellies. They go to the plain bellies and show them that they are special and superior again because they no longer have a star. So the Sneetches go through the process of adding and removing stars until they all run out of money. McMonkey McBean packs up and leaves, laughing as he drives off saying “You can’t teach a Sneetch” (Sneetches). The Sneetches can’t tell who originally had stars and who didn’t. It finally soaked in to them that “no kind of Sneetch is the best on the Beaches” (Sneetches). They forgot about who did or didn’t have stars and decided they were all equal. This story is an allegory about discrimination, racism and equality (http://avondaleartworks.com/the_art_of_dr_seuss/dr_seuss_for_president). Dr. Seuss points out how society has stereotypes and prejudice against people or groups of people who are different. How some can be discriminated against for nothing more than being of a different race or ethnicity. Now-a-days discrimination can include gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, an illness, or anything that makes them seem different. The star-bellied Sneetches were prejudice against the plain bellied Sneetches simply because they had no star. They delighted in making the plain bellies feel like they were beneath them. Star bellies felt like they were special and better than the plain bellies just like some people do in our society.
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