Law and Green Eggs and Ham

(2020) 6:2 Anamorphosis: International Journal of Law and Literature 431

18 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2020 Last revised: 31 Dec 2020

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Phil Lord

Lakehead University - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law; McGill University - Faculty of Law; York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Abstract

This paper uses Green Eggs and Ham, the fourth best-selling children’s book of all time, as a case study to argue that non-didactic children’s literature is a fundamental source of law. It frames such literature as constitutive of internal behavioral rules in the child-reader and these rules as central to guiding human behavior. It argues that the rules of behavior which can be synthesized from non-didactic literature meet all of the main characteristics of law and are more fundamental than traditional sources of law. It, finally, offers two examples of behavioral rules which can be synthesized from Green Eggs and Ham, one regarding the importance of persistence and the other regarding the importance of open-mindedness.

Keywords: Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham, Children’s Literature, Didacticism, Persistence, Open-Mindedness

Suggested Citation

Lord, Phil, Law and Green Eggs and Ham. (2020) 6:2 Anamorphosis: International Journal of Law and Literature 431, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3661820

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