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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck


by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Paragraphs 15-19 Summary

It's Magic

  • Eureka! The King finally has an idea. He'll call his magicians—duh.
  • Or not-so-duh. Bartholomew is not a fan of this idea.
  • And man oh man, look at our kid go. He takes guff from no one. With all the confidence of a four year old,* Bartholomew protests what he perceives to be a moral wrong… or maybe just a really bad idea.
  • We can see Bartholomew's anxiety in Seuss's diction with words like, "shivered," as well as in the use of protestations like, "Don't call them!" Or maybe he's just tired from all of that candle schlepping. Seriously, could someone learn to harness electricity already?
  • But this is the beginning of the journey both for Bartholomew and for the King, and the power structure snaps right back into place. The King "commands" Bartholomew to act according to his wishes, and, rather than resisting, Bartholomew bows to his will. Not without a passive aggressive little barb at the end there, but roll with us.
  • It's all very unfortunate for the King, who would easily get away with his plans if it weren't for this meddling Bartholomew character.

*Note: Bartholomew is clearly older than this, but he represents your child, who might be closer to that age. 

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