By: KEVIN S. DUNN
The Lorax is a book written by Dr. Seuss and it implicates on how the greed of a man can destroy something so beautiful unless he sees the error of his ways.
Who is the Lorax you may ask well he speaks for the Truffula trees and when the once-ler first came to the forest before all the Truffula trees were chopped, he chopped the first Truffula tree and made the first Thneed then the Lorax appeared before him and warned him to stop for the man was destroying nature for his own wealth and greed, but the man did not heed the warning he went to work and called apon the whole Once-ler family and they chopped down tree after tree and sold Thneed after Thneed. Until there wasn't enough Truffula fruit for the Brown Bar-Ba-loots, animals who live in the forest (bears), so they had to leave to seek out food but the once-ler family had no remorse. "Business is business! and business must grow, regardless of Crummies in Tummies you know." so the greed had token over and he didn't care about the negative effects of chopping the trees. He meant no harm but he "had to grow bigger" so they built bigger factors and bigger roads and chopped more and more trees making more and more money to fill his greed. With the bigger factories came more smog so the Swomee-Swanes, type of birds, had to leave in order to escape the dangers of the smog. The ponds were filled with the sewage from the factories and drove all the Humming-fish to leave down stream and find a better place to live. All was looking good for the once-ler, his business grew bigger and bigger, until the last tree was chopped and the money stopped flowing, in the end his greed was filled but at what cost? The Lorax left with out saying a thing but left behind a circle of rocks, on one it said "UNLESS" so here we are a man with riches who destroyed a forest and drove all the creatures who once lived in harmony from their home, and his friend the Lorax left him all because the Once-ler was greedy and toke to much and gave to little. So years later a kid is told of the once-ler who lives all alone on the outskirts of town and he goes looking for him wondering were all the real trees went. So the once-ler told him the story of his greed. Afterwards he gave him the very last Truffula tree seed and told him to plant it and care for it, to grow back the forest of Truffulas that once was and one day the Lorax may return. You never really learn if the kid succeeded but we know he'll try.
So the over all meaning of "The Lorax" was to tell how being greedy is not a good thing and that you shouldn't be greedy because it my hurt others in the end and you could end up alone.
What do you think will happen next?
will the lorax come back?
will all the animals return to the truffula forest?
Would you take on the task of the last truffula seed?
Would you want a thneed?