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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Contrast, people. It's all about contrast. The Lorax offers a brief glimpse of the present—gloomy, ominous, and treeless—and then plunges into the Once-ler's flashback. What is now a barren to...
Dr. Seuss wanted to do more than teach kids to read, he wanted to teach them to think critically about serious issues. Wait, isn't that what a liberal arts education is for? (Snap!) In any case, th...
Surprise!To make his rhymes surprising, Dr. Seuss sprinkles many-a-Seussism into his poetry. Take this example… please. He lurks in his Lerkim, cold under his roof, where he makes his own clothes...
What's Up With the Title?
The Lorax is that cute, bossy, mustachioed creature who "ga-Zump[s]" (86) out of the first Truffula Tree the Once-ler chops down. We have a couple guesses as to why he's honored in the title.This i...
What's Up With the Ending?
Mentre che la speranza ha fior del verde. Yeah, that's right, we're pulling out the big guns. We couldn't help but bite off the epigraph of All the King's Men, which he bit off from Dante. Bear w...
Dr. Seuss and a partner "tried to invent an Infantograph, which promised to show how a couple's children would look." He even wrote some ad copy for it: "IF YOU MARRIED THAT GAL YOU'RE WALKING WITH...
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