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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss
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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?

Click on over to Thing One and Things Two's "Character Analysis" and our discussion of "Meaning" for more answers—and more questions.