Many people may not realize this but Dr. Seuss snuck many political messages in his children’s stories. “The Cat in the Hat” supposedly represents a dictator who makes a mess of things until he calls in his helpers, which represent democracy.

While it may be a stretch to call “The Cat in the Hat” a dictator, some of Dr. Seuss’s other works are easily recognizable for their political message such as the Lorax (environmentalism) and “The Sneeches” for their bigotry in putting stars on their bellies to make themselves better than their neighbors.

Still you can enjoy “The Cat in the Hat” as a children’s story or choose to interpret it as a subversive message instead. Whatever you decide, just remember that cats can be dictators all by themselves without any help from a children’s book author.

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