16. The Big Orange Splot

Is There Anything Wrong with Conformity?

  1. Thomas E. Wartenberg

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118545119.ch16

A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature

A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature

How to Cite

Wartenberg, T. E. (2013) The Big Orange Splot, in A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118545119.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 5 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656785

Online ISBN: 9781118545119

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Keywords:

  • analytic philosophy;
  • conformity;
  • existentialism;
  • The Big Orange Splot

Summary

In Daniel Manus Pinkwater's quirkily illustrated book, The Big Orange Splot, a strange accident leads a man to change his life. The book presents an important claim that the existentialists and other philosophers have embraced: That the life of conformity is one that people ought to avoid, despite its attractiveness. Instead of living a life just like everyone else and fulfilling expectations that others have for us, our lives should resemble the transformed facades of all the homes on Mr. Plumbean's street: reflections of our own, individual dreams.