Allegory In The Lorax
“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”-The Lorax
In the film/pop culture genre, Dr.Seuss, a classic children’s books author, is the inspiration for the Lorax, which is a well-known and loved film. The way it is put together shines the truth through kid-friendly lenses- it’s reality but just put in a way for children to understand. It is quite a profound allegory for the impact of our actions and the swift modernization of society on the environment, and how we have to remember to give back what we take. Seuss is simply stating that we have to take care of Mother Nature just the way it’s taken care of us since the beginning of time- it’s given us enough, and more- but for humans, unless there is somebody who truly cares, is satisfied, and ultimately grateful, it has come to the point where we want too much.
At first glance, the movie is for children, with its bright colours, mini-musicals and cartoonish-vibe; to most, it can merely be a tale of juvenile romance, and a young boy goes to the end of the world to give the girl of his dreams what she so dearly wants, so they can be “together”. However, a closer analysis reveals that it is displaying so subtly the possible destruction of the environment, scarcity of resources, and downfall of businesses.
After the Once-ler, who soon became Ted’s hero/helper (main character, money-hungry, says he boosts economic growth) expanded his business, he developed a device that cut down more trees and faster.…