A new meaning for the popular 'Green Eggs and Ham' book?

  • 09/10/2018
Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book by Dr Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book by Dr Seuss. Photo credit: YouTube / Chris Schwartz

Many of us will have heard the famous line "do you like green eggs and ham?" but now the Dr Seuss book is being linked to the 'MeToo' movement.

The Green Eggs and Ham storyline follows a persistent character, 'Sam-I-Am', who pesters another unnamed character to try a plate of green eggs and ham, despite their repeated refusal.

The story is supposed to be about persistence and trying new things, but one middle school teacher in the US believes it could teach us an important lesson about consent.

"Every time I read the book I think about how it is a really bad example of how to have relations with people," Mike Fishback, a San Diego humanties teacher, told Newsweek. 

"Then it occurred to me that now, in the context of the MeToo era, this could really be interpreted as a story about lack of consent."

Mr Fishback believes that Sam-I-Am's insistence on trying a plate of green eggs despite the repeated refusals could be seen as a form of harassment.

Eventually, the unnamed character tries the green eggs and ham after the badgering, but Mr Fishback says this is not due changing its mind, but because it is "exhausted, tired, worn down and trapped".

Mr Fishback then used the book in his classroom to teach the students about consent, amid the Brett Kavanaugh case.

"You can still love this book, but what I hope is that when you think about this book, you will consider this angle too."