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moral dilemmas

the lorax
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mary earp

on 1 June 2011

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Transcript of moral dilemmas

The Lorax
Morals and Ethics
By:Charlotte Earp Written by Dr. Suess in 1971 The Once-ler alone remains, gazing upon the disintegrating ruins of his factories over the years and contemplating the meaning of this last message, perhaps with a sense of remorse. In the end, the Once-ler gives the boy the very last Truffula seed for him to plant and take care of, potentially regrowing the forest and resulting in the Lorax's return. plot The story is about the Once-ler explaing to a young boy about moving into the land where there are Bar-ba-Loots that frolic about and eat fruit from the trees, Swomee Swans that fly through the air and sing as they go, and Humming Fish that go swimming about in the ponds and humming as they swim. But the Once-ler is only interested in the beauty of the Truffula Trees.He then takes the truffula trees and uses them to make "thneeds". soon his business grows which brings polution, destruction and undeeded population into the land. The Lorax begs the Once-ler to stop but he dosent."The Lorax first complains to the Once-ler that the Truffula trees, being chopped down, were also the food source of the Bar-ba-Loots, who are now facing a terrible food shortage and a disease called "the Crummies because of gas and no food in their tummies." To save them, the Lorax sends them off to find another food source. At first, the Once-ler only shows a little remorse, but still focuses on expanding his business. soon enough there is so much "smogulous smoke" that it is giving the Swomee Swans sore throats, leaving them unable to sing. After the Lorax sends them off, he also complains to the Once-ler about his machinery making a goo by-product called "Gluppity Glup" and "Shloppity Shlop," and how it's being dumped into the ponds where the Humming Fish live, leaving them unable to hum and forcing the Lorax to send them away too" All the creatures leave and the land is destroyed. "With all the trees gone, no more Thneeds can be made, so the Thneed factories close down and the Once-ler's family departs, leaving the Once-ler alone with the Lorax, who, looking back at the Once-ler sadly, picks himself up by the "seat of his pants" and floats away through a hole in the smog, leaving behind only a small pile of rocks with the word "UNLESS" inscribed into them." moral questions:
1)should the once-ler have killed all the trees to make thneeds?
2) was it ethically correct for the once-ler to pollute and force the creatures ofthe land to leave
3) did the once-ler have good or bad morals?
4) did he regret his actions
5) what is Dr. Suess trying to express in this story to the audience?
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