Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Lorax: An illustrated reminder from Dr. Seuss

The Lorax is a children's book, written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax (a mossy, bossy man-like creature), who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. As in most of Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book.

The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning industrialized society, using the literary element of personification to give life to industry as the Once-ler (whose face is never shown in all of the story's illustrations or in the film version) and to the environment as the Lorax. It has become a popular metaphor for those concerned about the human impact on the environment.

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