Summary of the Story:
In the story, The Sneetches, there were two different types of sneetches. The two types of sneetches were The Star-Belly Sneetches, with stars on their stomachs, and the Plain-Belly Sneetches. The Star-Belly Sneetches believed that they were better than the sneetches without the stars, and they shunned them. A man appears called Sylvester McMonkey McBean and tells the Plain-Belly Sneetches that he can give them stars on their bellies for only 3 dollars. The Star-Belly Sneetches get upset, and get their stars removed for 10 dollars so they can stay special. The sneetches continue to go back and forth between the machines until they have no money left. At the end of the story, Sylvester McBean departs with all of the sneetches money. They realize after this experience that neither of them are more important than the other, and that they just need to get along.
I believe that this story was written about discrimination. One group believes that they are more superior because they have something the other doesn't. In the case of the story, it is the star on their stomachs. The sneetches without the stars get treated very badly and aren't thought of as equal by the sneetches with stars. The sneetches only care about what they look like, instead of who they actually are. But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches believed they should be treated better. After they all got taken advantage of, they realized they were all still sneetches and deserve the same treatment.
They would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort
“We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!”
My other implication of this story is that if you're too busy worrying over something that doesn't matter, then you could be missing something more important. In the story, the Sneetches are too busy worried about having stars that they don't realize what Mr. McBean is really doing to them. He takes all of their money and escapes before they know what is really happening. If they all had gotten along, there would be no need to to take advantage of them. The Plain-Belly sneetches were unhappy with themselves, and Sylvester McBean was able to come in and get all of their money just for them to realize to accept each other as who they are.
"But McBean was quite wrong. I'm quite happy to say that the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day, The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches and no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches."