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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


by Dr. Seuss


Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Okay, this one is probably the most obvious symbol in the book, but we have to call it out. Take a look at stanzas 14 and 15:

You'll come down from the lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a slump.

And when you're in a slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.
(14, 15)

Now look at the illustrations. Those blobby things represent your child's current slumpy state. And they're slumping over a cliff, so let's hope they get righted sooner rather than later.

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