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Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop


by Dr. Seuss

Home Dr Seuss Hop on Pop Pat and Will

Pat and Will

Character Analysis

Pat has a sitting problem. He never looks where he sits, so he smushes all sorts of things: cats, hats, bats, and almost a cactus that would have made for a rather prickly seat.

And then there's Will. Will went up a hill, a steep hill, and now Will can’t get down the hill. He’s up the hill still. Ugh, ain't that the worst?

We included these two together because their mini-morals are mostly identical. Pat shows us to watch where we’re going to sit—unless we want very unhappy cats glaring at us all day (or cactus spines in our butts, to boot). Will indicates that we should watch where we are going, so we don’t end up where we don’t want to be. Notice that in the illustrations, the characters have their eyes shut.

In both cases, these characters tell us to watch what we are doing, which sounds like sage advice to Shmoop.

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