The Lorax written by Theodor Seuss Geisel

The Lorax written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss™ , is
a dystopian illustrative children’s book that highlights the importance of
environmental consideration and care. In an unnamed town, there is a
pollution problem. This is described by the “grickle-grass”, the ‘slow-and –
sour’ wind indicating the air-pollution and there are no animals except for
old crows. This all indicates that the land is barren and that there are no
trees, flowers, luscious vegetation nor animals in sight. There is a young
boy as illustrated in the book that walks down the ‘Street of the Lifted Lorax’,
on his quest to the Once -ler’s house to investigate who/what the Lorax was
and why the Lorax disappeared on a particular day. The Once -ler, for a small
fee, tells the boy of a time when there was an abundance of ‘Truffula’ trees,
‘Bar-ba-loots’ (type of mammal); ‘Swomee-Swans’ and ‘Humming-Fish’ in a
well-balanced and functioning eco -system. This was all compromised when
the Once-ler set up his shop and chopped a ‘Truffula’ tree down to make a
‘Thneed’. The Once-ler describes a ‘Thneed’ as woven material that can
virtually be used for anything (i.e. gloves, socks, hat, curtains, blankets,
carpets etc .) which he then sells to a passerby . The Lorax appears from the
stump of the tree and begins to warn the Once-ler about his actions. The
Once-ler ignores the Lorax and recruits his family for this business
opportunity. The factory gets bigger, machines are then used and more trees
get chopped down until there are none left leading to all the animals le aving
as a result of the air- and water pollution and deforestation. The Lorax
disappears on a pile of stones with the word ‘UNLESS’ scribed into them.
The Once-ler does not know what the Lorax meant by this word until the boy
had appeared. The Once-ler then gives the boy the last truffula tree seed to
plant so that there may be a whole forest of truffula trees hoping that the
environment may be restored again (Seuss 1971).