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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 #1

One morning, I came to this glorious place
And first I saw the trees!
The Truffula Trees! (59-61)

Truffula Trees look kind of like cotton candy on a stick—good enough to eat. They are the centerpieces of natural beauty in The Lorax, so it's hard to watch as they all get chopped down. Would we care quite as much about these trees if they weren't so stinkin' pretty?

Quote #2

"Mister!" he said with a sawdusty sneeze,
"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees." (95-96)

The Lorax represents the natural world, but Shmoop suspects he's supernatural. After all, he does pop out of a tree stump and seems to be able to fly without wings. Also, did you notice that he only appears when the forest is threatened? It's almost like he's an as-needed buffer between man and the natural world.

Quote #3

We were all knitting Thneeds
just as busy as bees,
to the sound of the chopping
of Truffula Trees. (134-37)

The chopping of trees is literally music to the ears of the Once-ler and his family. Well, they definitely learned their lesson the hard way. Too bad Dr. Seuss wasn't around when they were kids to teach them important life lessons.

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