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by Dr. Seuss

Confused Guy and the Youngling

Character Analysis

We’re giving these names to the two guys at the end of the poem. The older one, Confused Guy, asks the Youngling what a word jumble says, and the Youngling says “Ask me tomorrow but not today” (64.1-2).

Confused Guy seems unable to answer the word jumble and needs help. If you’re child reader is ready, she might be able to help where the Youngling does not. If not, then they can always respond like Youngling and try again tomorrow or the day after that or the day after that. No rush. They'll get there eventually.

Still, pretty weird to end the poem on these characters, huh? Kind of makes you wonder what’s up with the ending? Us, too. If only we had a “What’s Up With the Ending?” type section to help answer that question….

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