Indeed the characters play a large role in

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Indeed the characters play a large role in influencing the reader to take a stand, but the plot itself reveals a hint of sustainability as well. At the beginning of The Lorax “the grass was still green and the ponds were still wet and the clouds were still clean” (Suess), which is supported through the bright and cheery illustrations. Then the Once-ler moves in, his business is first shown as a small shop, and nothing seems disturbed, until
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3 Huckstep he cuts down the first Truffula Tree. Directly after his first Thneed is sold his business is illustrated as much larger and becomes a factory. As the factory grows the trees fall and become more scarce in the pictures, resulting in the Brown Bar-Ba-Loots departure. Immediately after the Bar-Ba-Loots leave the sky is drawn slightly darker, and the factory much bigger. Eventually the pictures are filled with black clouds, smog, and sludge as the Swomme-Swans and the Humming-Fish are also forced to leave. The plot and illustrations serve as a visual warning to the reader about big business and the environment. The illustrations are extremely important to the story, “the mood of the picture is like the tone of the text. It’s an overall quality that affects the meaning and attitudes viewers take toward it” (Nodelman & Reimer ). As the factories continue to grow species are forced to leave, or in reality die out. Additionally as the factories produce more ‘Thneeds’ and focus on making more money the skys become black, and the landscape barren, a warning to what could happen to today’s society.
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