Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You'll Go! Exploration Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Stanza)
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away! (1)
With this enthusiastic declaration, let the exploration begin! Note Seuss's capitalization of the "G" and "P" in "Great Places." This confirms for us that this journey is important, our various destinations as real and wonderful as any capitalized city we know in our real lives. When your super young adult reads this passage, what do you think they're imagining?
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing. (21)
There are times in the story when your child just won't want to keep exploring—specifically, in the Waiting Place, where not a ton goes down. But here we see that any slumps are temporary, and soon the hunt will be on again. Notice the use of the word "find" here, not the phrase, "You'll be sitting there and then this cool thing will happen to you" (or something like that). There are no Boom Bands without the exploration. You just gotta follow the notes.
So…get on your way! (32)
Even as this Seussian delight draws to a close, exploration is still the story's main emphasis. We're not told, "So... congratulations! You've found yourself! Just by reading this book! No further action needed!" We're told to get down to the business of exploring already. All right, Dr. Seuss. We're getting to it, and we'll keep exploring for the rest of our lives. We promise.