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The Lorax Essay

1095 words - 5 pages

JEZZIE KAYE P. RUIZ III-TAE
ANIMATED FILM
MOVIE: DR.SEUSS’ THE LORAX

ACTORS
* the Lorax, a grumpy yet charming orange creature with a large moustache.
* the Once-ler, a man who recounts how his discovery of the Truffula Forest as a young man led to its depletion.
* Ted Wiggins, an idealistic 12-year-old boy.
* Audrey, an older girl and Ted's love interest
* Aloysius O'Hare, the mayor of Thneedville and head of the "O'Hare Air" company that supplies fresh air to Thneedville residents.
* Grammy Norma, Ted's grandmother
* Mrs. Wiggins, Ted's mother
* the Once-ler's mother.
* Uncle Ubb, the Once-ler's uncle.
* Aunt Grizelda, the Once-ler's aunt.
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The Lorax urges Once-ler to leave the forest, but Once-ler refuses. Eventually, the Once-ler promises not to chop another tree down, and the two seem to begin a friendship of sorts. Then, the young businessman's Thneed invention becomes a major success and Once-ler's family arrives to participate in the business. At first keeping his promise, the Once-ler continues Thneed production by harvesting the Truffula Tree tufts in a slow, but sustainable manner. However, soon his greedy and lazy relatives convince him to resume chopping down the trees. Over time, the Once-ler's deforestation spirals into a mass overproduction. Flushed with wealth, the Once-ler rationalizes his short-sighted needs into arrogant self-righteousness, and the Lorax's helpless protests do not stop him. The Once-ler pollutes the sky, river, and landscape, until the last Truffula Tree falls. With no further chance of business, he is left broken and abandoned by his family. And with the region uninhabitable because of his business's pollution, The Lorax sends the animals off to find a new place to live before he departs into the sky, leaving only a stone-cut word: "Unless". Distraught and ruined, the Once-ler became a recluse.
After he finishes telling his story, the Once-ler finally understands the meaning behind the Lorax's last message, and gives Ted the last Truffula seed in hopes that he can plant it and make others care about real trees once more. Ted's desire to impress Audrey is now a personal mission to remind his town of the importance of nature. O'Hare, determined not to have trees undercut his business, takes heavy-handed steps such as covering Audrey's nature paintings, closing off the door that Ted uses to see the Once-ler, and forcibly searching Ted's room for the seed. Ted enlists his family and Audrey to help plant the seed, which has begun to germinate after coming into contact with water. O'Hare and his employees pursue the dissidents until they manage to elude him and reach the town center. When Ted finally attempts to...

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