LANDSCAPES OF THE ANTHROPOCENE IN THE LORAX BY DR. SEUSS

Abstract

Author(s): Ni?met ET?NER

The Lorax (1971) is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss, which delivers a dire warning by pointing at the anthropogenic activities lethal to the environment at the micro level. The book is significant in that it teaches children and adults the importance of environmentally sustainable practices by uttering a parable in which the Once-ler, the antagonist of the story, as blinded by his capitalistic ambition overexploits and destroys the nonhuman environment around him. The story revolves around the anthropogenic devastation which brings about the end of a Seussian Truffula forest, contaminates the pond and drives the native species of the forest out. In this context, The Lorax can be considered as a projection of the real victimized nonhuman environment with its disturbed biosphere in the face of anthropocentric greed to make maximum profit out of exploiting nature. In this respect, this study aims to analyze The Lorax by Dr. Seuss in the light of the Anthropocene theory and to compare The Lorax, a computer-animated movie released in 2012, with its namesake book on which it is based.

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