The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
So Much Depends on a Red Box of Fun
Let's go back that very first illustration of the house, the one where we see it from the outside. It looks remarkably like the big, red FUN-IN-A-BOX that houses Thing One and Thing Two (147-151), don't you think?
Just like he opens the box o' fun, the Cat manages to transform what looks like an ordinary house into FUN-IN-A-BOX, housing two potential future wild Things—Sally and bro.
What do you think of Thing One and Thing Two's living situation? Should they or shouldn't they be kept in a box? Does being kept in a box contribute to their chaotic behavior, or are they just so naturally chaotic that they need to be kept in a box? Is there really any difference between the red box the Things are kept in, and the red box the kids are kept in?