Ingrid Martinez

The Lorax

Published by Ingrid Martinez on Friday, April 29, 2016.

The Truffula Trees were scarce, valuable natural resources. What made the valuable and scarce?

The truffula trees had silky leaves which the Once-ler turned in to Th-needs. They were scarce because the seeds of the tree took 7 months to germinate!

Why did the Once-ler chop down the first Truffula Tree?

He was looking for an opportunity to get rich and start a business by making Th-needs. To quote him: “I’m being useful.” He felt this would be a great economic opportunity and also wanted to become bigger, bigger, and bigger!

What benefit did the Thneed have for consumers? “it’s a sweater it’s a hat, it’s whatever you need it to be.”

It was something that could be turned in to many things. It was clothes, house items, etc…, but the main message is that the progress was happening too soon, the trees were not replenishing.

The Lorax did not think anyone would want to purchase a Thneed. Was he correct?

He was incorrect, everyone wanted Thneeds and lots of them! Everyone wanted to collect and collect, and to get the bigger and better things.

What new capital resource did the Once-ler invent? How did this help his business?

The Onceler created a whole new factory, with a hundred thousand workers and machines he invented to produce more. This helped him increase the amount of product he was making. He also created a small town with town amenities like car shops, burger joints, and ice cream shops.

Who was harmed as more and more Truffula Trees were chopped down and they became more scarce?

All the animals in the forest suffered the most. The bear creatures no longer had food to eat so they fled, the birds were taking in too much smog from the factories that they couldn’t sing anymore, the fish couldn’t hum and live in the water because their gills were polluted.

Was it wise of the Once-ler to chop down all the trees?

It was absolutely not wise for the Once-ler to chop down all the trees. Not only did the animals suffer, the trees disappear and the environment was greatly damaged, but his business suffered as well. He chopped so much so soon, that there was no time to make more trees. So he was left with no trees and everything he built pretty much dwindled.

In the story, all the trees were chopped down. In the modern U.S. economy,why would this not happen?

The U.S has regulations where if you cut down vast areas of trees, you also have to make sure that you replant and replenish an area of trees. That’s not to say that we don’t count on the other countries forest resources.

What situation or condition would promote the cutting down of all trees or the overuse of natural resources?

The biggest situation that would cause such a catastrophe to me, is the fast increase of populations all over the world. The more people there are, the more resources we’re going to need.

When a good, service, or natural resource becomes more and more scarce, what happens to the price?

The law of supply and demand, the price goes up as the supply goes down. This is why I paid an arm and a leg for helium for my daughter’s birthday. I won’t be using balloons for parties anymore.

Compare the Once-ler’s attitude toward the environment at the beginning of the story with his attitude at the end.

In my opinion, he felt remorseful. He stuck around in hopes that someone would listen to the story and take the seeds to replant them again. He was somber and sounded exhausted, the enthusiasm he had at the beginning of the movie faded away a little.

Reflection Questions

  1. Both the Onceler and the Lorax were passionate about their goals. Discuss several reasons to explain why the Onceler succeeded while the Lorax failed.

    The lorax succeeded because he created something new and shiny and thought people would want it. He was right, people did want it and they bought a lot of it. He used very good marketing to get people to believe they NEEDED a Thneed. The Lorax had a more important message, but he did not find an affective means of persuading the Once-ler. He failed because ultimately, he had nothing new and shiny to offer people, he just really wanted them to see how important it was for people to preserve what they had.

  2. The Lorax says that the Once-ler is greedy. Greed is defined as a selfish desire for food, money, or possessions over and above what one needs. What are some of the ways that the Once-ler proved his greed? He says, “I biggered my money which every needs.” Is it true that everyone needs money? How much money do people need? Is it right to make a ton of money while destroying the environment?

    I do not believe that we should put the environment at risk to make more money. Money gives us the freedom to accomplish the things we want to do, but it’s not the most important thing. Not everyone gets rich off harming the environment, in fact, there is only a small percent in the world who get to rip the fiscal benefits. Most people in the world are poor and starving. And what good is it to have all the money in the world, when there is no more beautiful world to enjoy it on. I have never understood greed and I especially believe we need more world-wide laws to prevent the deterioration of the planet.

  3. What did the once-ler mean by “UN-LESS”? What responsibility does he seem to think “someone like you” needs to take? What kinds of things can we do today to ensure that natural resources will be available for purposes in the future?

    When the Once-ler said “UN-LESS” he was concluding his story with the encouragement to take action. He wanted to right his wrong, and thats why he gave the little boy the Trufula tree seed, so he could start a revolution and plant more trees! It’s hard to know what to do, when it’s only you against the big giant cooperations and richest people of the world. I would say that first and foremost, we need to educate ourselves in the state that our world is finding itself in. Hopefully the things you learn will open your minds and make doubt disappear. The next idea I have is to be an activist in your own local state and city. It’ll be less overwhelming if you take interest in what’s happening in your own backyard.

  4. The Once-ler explains his actions by saying, “If I didn’t do it, someone else would.” Is this a good excuse for doing what he did?

    Being a good citizen of the world means taking in to consideration the well-being of all living things around us. Making poor business decisions constitutes as bad citizens. There has to be accountability for those giant companies who are choosing to ignore the harms they are causing the world. The Once-ler did not want to listen to the Lorax at all about how he was affecting the environment. By ignoring him, he shows in his character that he truly does not care what happens to the living things in the forest, or the people in his factory.

  5. The Lorax says he speaks for the trees. What does this mean to you? What is the Lorax’s attitude at the end of the story?

    When the Lorax says he is speaking for the trees, for me it means that he is the guardian of the forest. The trees cannot speak for themselves, but despite their silence, they are still a living a thing we have to protect as much as we can. I would like to think that the Lorax is encouraging the viewers to be the spoke people for the trees as well. I’ve always felt very sad for the Lorax in this story. He tries so hard to get his message across. He becomes so angry at the Once-ler that he makes the decision to leave, but as he’s lifting himself away, his face portrays defeat. He was sad there was nothing more he could do.