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Seuss addresses a growing crisis by employing nonsensical words and images such as a Thneed a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need The greedy Once-ler and his factories that sully the sky artfully inform the reader about the dangers of pollution extinction and deforestation However Seuss never mentions these buzzwords Instead he uses a magical language that defies rational criticism and enraptures children of all ages the cruffulous croak and smogulous smoke the snergelly hose rippulous pond gruvvulous glove and miff-muffered moof The mossy bossy Lorax warns the Once-ler of the effects of the smog contaminating the skies and the gluppity-glup polluting the waters Warning the reader of the threat of extinction Lorax pleads for the safety of the Humming-Fish choking in the polluted pond the Swomee-Swans overcome by smog and the Brown Bar-ba-loots starved by the loss of the Truffula Fruit Approaching intense ecological problems in a colorful nonsensical tale The child-sized Lorax emerges from the stump of the first Truffula tree that is axed as a sort of nature spirit and he then uses the stump as a type of pulpit to deliver his desperate message I am the Lorax I speak for the trees I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues Like an activist trying to stop this madness he establishes the responsibility of all creatures for the welfare of others especially those unable to defend themselves Throughout the book the Lorax continues to assume the position of the guardian of living things directing his complaints of destruction at the Once-ler His age and his beard contribute to the wizened old aspect of his character convincing the reader of his validity as a spokesperson for wildlife The Once-ler represents of a society that focuses on economic growth and expansion as the primary indications of the success and prosperity of business regardless of the consequences The Lorax with his appearance of age and wisdom is like the old-farts of today that have been here
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