On the apparent, Dr Seuss’s “The Lorax” is a cute children’s story about
the conflict between a greedy, enterprising Once-ler who invades and destroysthe land of the pesky, but persistent Lorax. Although the Once-
ler’s ambitionsare not slowed down by the Lorax’s protests, neither wins out in the end.
However, the story is more complex than one may see at first glance. The storyclearly exposes Dr. Seuss as a strong environmentalist intent on influencing hisyoung read
ers’ views on the environment.
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Upon his arrival, Once-ler immediately sees opportunity in theland of the Truffula Tree. He quickly builds a successful business on the needs
he produces in spite of the protests from the local ambassador for the area’s
natural resources. He turns a deaf ear to the frequent protests of the Loraxeven when faced with evidence that his actions are causing harm to the localwildlife. Although he claims to care, he makes no changes in his behavior.Seuss uses Once-
ctions to the Lorax to expose his own views on
industry’s attitude toward the environment, “I the Once
-ler felt sad as I watchedthem all go, but business is business!
And Business must grow.” The Once
-ercontinues to chop the trees, failing to recognize the damage he is doing until, atlast, it is too late to do anything about it. Once-ler ironically goes on to destroythe one thing that made him rich. His business fails, and all that is left is a
barren wasteland. The result is clearly Seuss’s warning to
both industry andthose who regulate it.On the other side of the conflict is the Lorax, who clearly symbolizes
Mother Nature’s response to our own abuse of the environment. The Lorax
literally speaks for both the trees and the animals of the land.