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The Lorax Presentation

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The Lorax Characterization
based off of Theodore Roosevelt
approachable guise
short, stout stature = underestimated
old appearance (wrinkles, facial hair) = wise
Once-ler's enemy
eager to share insight
limited power of speech
"shortish, and browinsh, and oldish, and mossy, and he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy" -Once-ler
The Once-ler characterization
The Once-ler destroyed the forest without a second thought about its effect on the animals that lived there.
He also ruined his own business.
He, unlike the humans today facing a similar situation, felt horribly for what he had done and punished himself by locking himself in solitary for many years.
The final step to forgiving himself came at the end of the book when he gave the boy the last Truffula seed, along with the instructions on how to regrow the forest.
Dr. Seuss wrote this book in hopes of inspiring the rest of the world to take a small step in the right direction.
The Once-ler represents greedy business owners.
The Lorax Presentation
environmentalism- perspective expressing concern for environmental protection and maintenance
themes: Uncontrollable greed can demolish the environment, One can change the environment if he devotes himself to it
evoked in Congress when they passed the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Environmental Protection Act
story based on Seuss' anger about La Jolla environment because of the town's commercialization
make next generation aware of environmental question
all of the Truffula trees chopped down
animals had to leave their habitats
expansion of the factory killed the environment
mass pollution to the surrounding area

the factory controls the entire area
the Once-ler has no regard for the dying populations
the trade and industry in the area is controlled by a private owner for profit
The Lorax
Written by Dr. Seuss and released in 1971
Seuss's favorite book—only took him 45 minutes to compose
Seuss criticizes capitalist greed and celebrates environmental activism
unlike what is usually identified with Seuss books because it doesn't have a particularly happy ending
Seuss said, "
The Lorax
book was intended to be propaganda."
appeared as the environmental movement was just emerging, less than a year after the first Earth Day.
allegory about Theodore Roosevelt's environmental efforts, and focuses on industrialization, consumerism, environmentalism, and capitalism
Environmental History
Dr. Seuss
allegory for sustainable development (meeting human development goals without depleting natural sources)
published in 1971
allegory concerning that greed poses a threat to nature
dubbed "propaganda", organizations believe book conveys big industries are "bad", The Truax written by complaining logging industry to retaliate
Environmental Actions of 1971
March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991
real name is Theodore Giesel (middle name is Seuss)
bachelor's degree in English at Dartmouth and studied literature for a year at Oxford.
sold cartoons to magazines and newspapers and created advertisements
received 3 Academy Awards: Hitler Lives (1946), Design for Death (1947), and Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951)
UNESCO established Man and Biosphere Programme to create a "scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environment
Jan 1971: SF Bay Oil Spill, 800000 gal of oil spilled when two standard oil tankers crashed
Feb: SS "Wafra" Oil Spill, ship spilled 200000 barrels of crude oil due to mechanical difficulties
July: Oregon Bottle Bill passed in US, reduce litter and promote recycling
Sept: Marine Reserves Act 1971 passed in New Zealand, management of sea areas as marine reserves to "preserve them in their natural state as the habitat of marine life for scientific study"
Drew anti-Nazi propaganda and made training films to support World War II effort
stories were to teach children and send messages (political themes).
trademarks were nonsense, humor mischief, rhymes, invented words, and tongue twisters.
Theodore Roosevelt
an economical and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state
"The Lorax" illustrates the lifestyle we think nothing of, though it has insidious effects: consumerism. We buy food at the store, use water (gallons of it) for showering, brushing teeth, and cleaning dishes, and don't care where our trash goes. Consumerism has put a gap between ourselves and nature, creating a society of ignorant destruction.
26th President from 1901-1909
One President of Progressive Era (reform to eliminate governmental corruption
created national parks and forests to ensure nature was protected (Crater Lake, OR, Wind Cave, SD, Sullys Hill, ND, Mesa Verde, CO, Platt, OK)
created US Forestry Service to preserve land for public use, angered Congress and Americans when he moved public land into the Forestry Service
the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers
One must take care of his environment for it to prosper.
the process by which an economy is transformed from primarily agricultural to one based on the manufacturing of goods
We as humans feel the need to consume things we need (and things we don't) in order to survive and fit in with the economy. Though we feel the need to consume, we usually live each day in our own little bubbles, unconscious of the insidious effects and serious problems that the world is facing because of consumerism. "The Lorax" sheds light on the effects of our doings in an imaginative and colorful children's story.
The Boy
The boy does not talk, but is listening to the Once-ler throughout the story.
At the end of the book, the Once-ler gives the boy the last Truffula Tree seed.
The boy represents the hope for the future if we learn from our mistakes and be environmentally aware
He appears to be about 10 years old, black hair.
Allegorical Significance
Character/Object Allegories
Lorax = Theodore Roosevelt; both share a similar stature, are environmentalists, and try to warn others about environmental jeopardy, but nobody listens
Once-ler and his family= greedy, overdeveloped business owners,
Thneed company = big industries
Whisper-ma-Phone = generations telling each other about environmentalism, Once-ler informs those who pay him about the Lorax's story of saving the Truffulas
Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-Ba-loots, Humming-Fish = helpless bystanders, have no say in the downfall of the environment, get sick as a result of pollution
Truffula Trees = the damaged environment, go extinct due to environmental exploitation
Super-Axe-Hacker = extreme materialism and desire to economically profit
The slogan for thneeds is "a thneed is a thing that everyone needs", when in reality, it's just an excess item that has no real immediate need for use but everyone wants.
Other Characters
Brown Bar-ba-loots
fuzzy, bear-like creatures who rely on the Truffula trees for food.
forced to leave because there isn't enough fruit
can no longer sing because the Once-ler has polluted the air with smog from his Thneed factory.
Real life: wildlife that was deprived of a food source because of habitat destruction
Real life: humans/wildlife whose health was affected by pollution caused by industrialization.
forced to leave the pond because the Once-ler's machine pollutes the water
fish are no longer able to hum
Real life: wildlife and voiceless people forced out of their homes/habitat because of destruction and pollution.
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The Lorax
Truffula Trees
The Once-ler
The boy
Brown Bar-ba-loots
Dr. Seuss
Thneed factory
Super Ax Hacker
Free Space
Seuss uses allegories in a whimsical and imaginative format to convey the deeper message that capitalist greed and industrialization can only destroy the environment and economy, consequently affecting innocent inhabitants.
The Lorax
allegorizes Theodore Roosevelt's environmentalistic ideals against the corruption of large industries. However, Seuss chooses to allegorize because he doesn't want his story to be about Roosevelt, but more towards the bigger message. Also, history books would not appeal to the younger audience Seuss aims for. Children's books are an effective way to communicate to the next generation, the future leaders who will soon affect society.
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