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Untitled Essay, Research Paper By: Justin Alan Proffitt The problems that society presents to us as adults is often portrayed through writing. These writings tend to be more factual when educational writings on the prevention of problems are what is needed. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, often used children’s stories such as The Lorax, The Sneetches, and Yertle the Turtle to symbolize the problems and prejudices in society. At the same time he enlightened us to the problems, he also provided ways for us to overcome them. Theodor Geisel was born March 2, 1904, to Theodor Robert and Henrietta Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts (Moritz 139). At a very early age, Theodor Geisel developed a talent that would make him very famous later in his life. He

developed a strange and unrealistic style of drawing which came about by doodling on his school books. After attending high school at Central High School in Springfield, he decided to further his education at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (139). While attending Dartmouth, he edited and contributed to cartoons to the campus humor magazine. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, he went on to write columns for the Springfield Union for a few months. Soon after, Proffitt 2 he started graduate work in English literature at Lincoln College, Oxford University in England at which he stayed for one year (139). After returning from Oxford University, he began his career. In 1927, he sold cartoons to magazines such as Judge,

Liberty, and Vanity Fair. While working for different magazines, McCann-Erickson, an advertising agency, saw his work and assigned him to an account. He worked for McCann-Erickson for more than a decade, during which he created humorous campaigns featuring bizarre animals. In 1931, he illustrated for Viking Press. In 1932, he wrote and illustrated his own book, but he could not find a publisher ( 139). For almost four years, Geisel did nothing–that is until 1937. In 1937, Geisel wrote And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street. After the success of that book, he wrote The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins in 1938. In 1939, he began a relationship with Random House Publishing and wrote The Seven Lady Godivas ( 139). As successful as these stories were, he went on to write the line

of books known as Dr. Seuss which sky-rocketed his fame. The Dr. Seuss books contained small, short choppy sentences with easy words so that children could understand them. He often used these books to present worldly problems, but on a level to which children could relate. The Lorax is a story inside a story. The old Once-ler is telling a young boy his account of where the Lorax had gone. At the Street of the Lifted Lorax, the Once-ler found some Truffula trees. The Once-ler had been searching for these trees because of their bright colors and the silky feel they had to them. He chopped one down and made a thneed from it which can be Proffitt 3 used to make a sock, pillowcase, or anything that was needed. All of a sudden, the Lorax appeared. He was very upset because the

Once-ler was chopping down the Truffula trees to make a useless thneed. The Lorax was very angry when a man bought a thneed, so he left. The Once-ler then called his family, and they moved to the Street of the Lifted Lorax to help bigger his business. The Once-ler family chopped tree after tree, and once again the Lorax showed up. He spoke for the trees and brown Bar-ba-loots who lived off the trees. They now had to move away or else they would die. The Once-ler didn’t care though, he just kept making his business bigger and bigger. A few days passed, and the Lorax showed up again. This time he was speaking for the Swamee-Swans. They had to leave, too, because the smoke from the thread factory was making them sick. Even this did not stop the Once-ler. He kept his business