Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Yertle the Turtle, Lines 55 – 62 Summary
It's All Mine
At long last, King Yertle has finally reached his pinnacle, and what a sight it is. Who cares that his citizens are teetering precariously over imminent ruin like some twisted game of Jenga?
Again, as if we hadn't already heard him a million times before, Yertle repeats his assertions about how powerful and cool he is. '"I'm king of the trees!/ I'm kind of the birds! And I'm king of the bees!'" (57-58). Yeah, we heard you the first twelve times, Yert.
He also has no hesitations about throwing around the adjective "marvelous" before his name (61), as if we can't just as well call ourselves the Marvelous Shmoop (which we won't…usually).
And, yet, as always, none of the other turtles say anything because they're too exhausted keeping him on the very top of his pyramid scheme.
Yertle can pretty much be summed up in these two words, '"Ah, me!'" (60).