Deforestation In Dr. Seuss's 'The Lorax'

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Daniel Kang Dr. Rhonda Dubec English 2907 SDE 6 February 2014 Environmental Activision as displayed in The Lorax Deforestation is a major problem in today’s society. The Lorax is a picture book written by Dr. Seuss and it looks at the issue of deforestation, as well as pollution. Although Dr. Seuss is best known for incorporating imagination and creativity in his children 's books, The Lorax is also one of Dr. Seuss 's most controversial works because it looks at how the consumption of natural resources can have negative effects on the environment. The book opens with a gloomy scene, and this is evident when Dr. Seuss states that “the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows and no birds ever sing excepting old crows” (Seuss). The picture…show more content…
It is pretty evident to the reader that he has a lot of passion with regards to protecting the environment, as evidenced by the tone in his voice. The Lorax begs the Once-ler to stop chopping down the Truffula Trees, but the Once-ler reassures him by saying “A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need” (Seuss). The Once-ler proceeds by inviting his entire family over for “a wonderful chance … to get mighty rich” (Seuss). They build a factory and continue to chop down trees, with no regard to how their actions take a toll on the environment. In today’s society, this resembles the typical big corporation taking over a rural land. Eventually, the Lorax is forced to send the animals away because the area is too polluted, and there is not enough food for survival. The main problem with today’s economy is that there are so few natural resources available, but the desire for these resources are unlimited. The Once-ler is seen as someone who wants to profit from the environment for his own personal gain. Unfortunately there are some people in the world today, who like the Once-ler, have little regard for the planet’s welfare. The more they profit from the environment, the more it will cost the world as a whole. Dr. Seuss is trying to inform his readers about the importance of protecting the environment, and how greediness can be quite

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