Yertle the Turtle
by: RachelBeth Acker
Yertle the turtle and his kingdom lived in harmony till one day Yertle felt that he could not see his great kingdom because of his low throne so he ordered to stack up nine turtles high. When he saw this great view he said "All mine!" Yertle cried. "Oh, the things I now rule! and greed began to overwhelm him like so many before "great king am I" he then ordered for more turtle and he comes a voice from down below "Beg your pardon, King Yertle. I've pains in my back and my shoulders and knees. How long must we stand here, Your Majesty, please?". He ordered silence and wanted more and more turtles to stack on top and build his kingdom higher and higher. Mack continued to plead with the king to please let them down but all the king said was "You hush up your mouth!" howled the mighty King Yertle. "You've no right to talk to the world's highest turtle.". After a while the moon rose and Yertle responded "What's THAT?" snorted Yertle. "Say, what IS that thing That dares to be higher than Yertle the King?" he ordered for more to stack. But an angry Mack decided otherwise so he "He burped! And his burp shook the throne of the king!" Yertle fell into the pond and the mud was all he could see, peace and harmony returned to the pond everything was as is should be.
Greed is a powerful thing and once you get a taste of something great, your deepest desires comes to surface good or bad. Greed overwhelms you and that is all you want, seen in the story but also in the world around us so much.
Yertle the turtle reminded me of Hitler he wanted power and when he got it he wanted more. In the story when he first rose above and saw his surroundings that he had never seen before he was happy "A great king am I!", which is similar to what Hitler did. Hitler invaded invaded Poland and from there it was never enough. Hitler like Yertle, did not care when his people were struggling as long as he was okay that was all that mattered to him. "Beg your pardon, King Yertle. I've pains in my back and my shoulders and knees. "How long must we stand here, Your Majesty, please?" "SILENCE!" the King of the Turtles barked back. "I'm king, and you're only a turtle named Mack.". He knew the other turtles were in pain but he did not care he wanted more, Hitler knew millions were dying but he did not care he just wanted more power whatever the cost. Also like Hitler Yertle lost and good prevailed "And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he, Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.".
Freedom is a right that you should be born with but for everyone that is not the case.
"I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we, too, should have rights" was one of the pleas that Mack had tried to reason with the king with but in they end it did not work. In the story the turtles were stuck sitting in pain, while Yertle enjoyed the gifts of there hard work. This happened so much in history and even now. This could relate back to the new America when slaves were allowed in the world which is not okay. Slavery is still an issue in other countries, and this book gave a partial message that just because we are okay does not mean we should not help those who are not.