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The Lorax

Building Bridges (Elements of Fiction)

Riley Flewelling

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of The Lorax

exposition resolution rising action falling action climax A boy pays the Once-ler to hear the story of the lifted Lorax Suddenly, the last truffula tree is chopped down All of the Once-ler's family leaves The Lorax lifts himself away up into the sky The Once-ler gives the boy the last truffula seed of them all so that that the Lorax and his friends will come back The Once-ler comes upon a wonderful place where there were truffula trees, singing Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba-loots, and Humming-fish The Once-ler sets up shop He cuts down a truffula tree and with the truffula tuft, he quickly knits a thneed Then when he is done knitting his thneed, the Lorax appears out of the stump of the tree he had cut down with a big ga-Zump The Lorax and the Once-ler have an argument about how somebody would or wouldn't buy the Once-ler's thneed when suddenly, a man comes along and buys the thneed The Once-ler calls his family to come over and help him build his business. soon they have built a factory and a super-Axe-hacker that will cut four trees in one hit The next week the Lorax comes to tell the Once-ler that he is making the Brown Bar-ba-loots starve because the Truffula fruits that they eat were attached to the trees. The Lorax sends the Bar-ba-loots away to find food, but the Once-ler just keeps biggering and biggering his business Then the Lorax comes again and tells the Once-ler that all the smoke produced from his factories is causing the Swomee-Swans to be unable to sing so the Lorax sends them away. He also tells the Once-ler that all the glop the Once-ler put in to the Humming-Fishes pond is clogging up their gills Plot Pyramid Protagonist and Antagonist Protagonist Antagonist The Lorax The Lorax opposes the Once-ler. When the Lorax finds out that the Once-ler has been cutting down trees he is infuriated. He opposes the Once-ler by telling him that he should not cut down trees and tries to stop the Once-ler with words and by showing him how he is affecting the environment. The Lorax speaks for the trees and does not want any to be cut down. The Once-ler The Once-ler is the protagonist. Although he is the bad character in this book, he is still the protagonist. I think this because the Once-ler is the main focus, and the Lorax is the character who opposes him. The Once-ler does not really care about the environment because he just keeps cutting down trees for money. Even though the Lorax tells him not to cut down trees, he still does because he's greedy. Person vs. Person Conflicts Person vs. Nature Point of View The point of view in the book the Lorax is third person. In the middle of the book the point of view may seem confusing because the Once-ler is recalling his story. But the the narration is third person. The Lorax vs. the Once-ler displays person vs. person conflict. The Lorax really tries to make the Once-ler stop cutting down trees. He is constantly trying to force the Once-ler to stop. He shows the Once-ler the harm he is causing, but the Once-ler barely feels grief or guilt. The Once-ler is chopping down trees. As a result, animals are forced to leave their habitat either because of pollution or because there isn't enough food. So, he is battling a war against nature. Person vs. Self In the end when the Once-ler realizes what he has done, and the damage he has caused he feels sorrow, and grief. He tries to turn around what he has done, by giving the listener the last truffula seed to plant. The Once-ler is fighting a battle against himself. Third Person example The overall theme of the book The Lorax is beware of how your actions will impact other things and other people. You can't always do what you want to do if it causes damage to others and the world around you. In the book, the Once-ler only thinks about himself and his money, and he blocks out the fact that he is killing a forest and injuring the animals that live in that forest. Even though the Lorax warns the Once-ler over and over that he is ruining the environment, the Once-ler ignores him. Therefore, once the truffula forest is gone, the Once-ler has to live with the regret of how he could have saved the forest but didn't. The book ends on a hopeful note because the Once-ler finally realizes what he can do to repopulate the forest. But the years of guilt could have been prevented if he would have listened to the Lorax in the beginning. In conclusion, the book is a warning to people to consider that some things are priceless and money can't be your first and only thought. Theme Setting Animoto Person vs. Society The Lorax vs. the Once-ler and his family is person vs. society. The Lorax stands alone when arguing to save the truffula trees.

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