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The Lorax

The Lorax


by Dr. Seuss

Home Dr Seuss The Lorax Themes Man and the Natural World

The Lorax Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #4

"Once-ler! You're making such smogulous smoke!
My poor Swomee-Swans… why they can't sing a note!
No one can sing who has smog in his throat." (184-86)

Dr. Seuss sure is sneaky. Here, even the little ones can easily see how the smoke from the Once-ler's factory, the sky, and the lives of the Swomee Swans are all intricately connected.

Quote #5

No more trees. No more Thneeds. No more work to be done. (219)

Concerns about the natural world aside, chopping down all the trees turns out to be bad business, too. Oops.

Quote #6

"You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds. (257)
And Trufulla Trees are what everyone needs. (258)

A lot of time seems to have passed between the Great Truffula Extinction and when the Once-ler gives the boy the last seed. In the meantime, the Once-ler has done a complete 180. He no longer sees the Truffulas as future Thneeds, but as valuable and beautiful works of nature.

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