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Copy of The Lorax

Headlines of History
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sara tobin

on 12 April 2013

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Sara Tobin
Headlines of History
Mr. Nichols
April 2013 The Lorax -The romantic poets opposing the revolution
-“I speak for the trees” (talking for nature)
-Wants to go back to pastoral way of life
-"A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean"
-The Lorax makes the capitalists question their ethics and actions = similar to the romantic poets The Lorax himself -See's an opportunity and takes advantage of it
-Ayn Rand would support this decision
-He represents the revolution the switch to the mechanization of people as well as new invention (the thneed)
-Creates the “super-axe-hacker”, and “biggered” his factory, roads, wagons and loads = comparable to new inventions and societal shift towards industry jobs
-"I'm biggering my company, I'm biggering my factory, I'm biggering my corporate sign! Everybody out there take care of yours, and me? I'll take care of mine mine mine mine mine!"
-Rise in technology (ingredient to the revolution)
-Uses inventions like assembly lines - similar ato the Industrial revolution where Henry Ford created the assembly line to maximize production The Oncler -Representative of the new industries, new inventions, switch in societal norms (buying air now)
-Ayn Rand would say that O’Hare is justified as his business is objective and he’s working towards his own goal
-"The more smog in the sky, the more people will buy"
-"I'm Frankenstein's head on a spider's body!" - directly references the poet Mary Shelley's creation of Frankenstein and how the creations of society reverse upon themselves and in turn create undesirable consequences O'Hare Overall Validity The Lorax is a film based off a Dr. Suess book. The film can be learned from as it's very plot line is a metaphorical representation of the industrial revolution.

This film would do well in an introductory lesson to the industrial revolution and could be used on grades 7-12. The Lorax
The images, are fictionalized, but the meaning behind them are still sound. For example the world before the industrialization is light and fluffy, in contrast with the images after the industrial revolution which are darker.

The film was not created for the use of information, and thus offers no furtherance of the course in regards to theories or concepts. Instead the film allows the students to interpret and apply previously learned theories to the metaphorical imagery in the film. The Lorax
Imagery Connection to Blake -Initial reaction of the Oncler is similar to William Blake's Songs of Innocence (sees the beauty and is immediately enthralled by it)
"The Sun does arise,
And make happy the skies.
The merry bells ring,
To welcome the Spring"

-After the oncler has seen what has happened (the effect) = similar to Blake’s Songs of experience poem Earth's Answer
"Earth rais'd up her head,
From the darkness dread & drear.
Her light fled:
Stony dread!
...
Selfish father of men
Cruel jealous selfish fear" 0-10 0-0.25 Social Commentary -By using the word "Thneed" as a product or "Thneedville" as the town it's emphasizing the shift in society = from nature towards consumerism and commercialism

-Economic shifts turns into assembly lines
-Rise in “industrial jobs” started with the invention of the thneed Social Commentary -The “thneeds” the “need” of consumerist products rather than what you ACTUALLY need e.g. food, water, etc. societal shift towards commercialism and consumerism
-Economic shifts turns into assembly lines
-Rise in “industrial jobs” started with the invention of the thneed
-References the assembly line -The movie provides little to no new information about the industrial revolution

-Clearly fictional - everything works out in the end of it and people return to their old ways

-Not effective in depicting the middle of the revolution (poverty, low wage jobs, work conditions etc.) = instead depicts beginning and result of it Allows students to see the parallels between history and films in our everyday lives (historically significant today) Metaphors allow for higher levels of interpretation giving students opportunities to pull ideas from the course and apply them - instigating a new way of thinking and application Work Cited 1. "The Echoing Green - Songs of Innocence - William Blake (1757-1827) British Writer." The Echoing Green - Songs of Innocence - William Blake (1757-1827) British Writer.N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2013. <http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/wblake/bl-wblake-soi-green.htm>.

2. "Introducing Objectivism." - The Ayn Rand Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2013. <http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro>.

3. "LudditeAbout Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2013. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luddite>.

4."Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908." Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2013. <http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm>
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