Essay on Analysis of Where the Wild Things Are

1477 Words May 9th, 2012 6 Pages
Where the Wild Things Are, a children’s book written by Maurice Sendak, is not only directed to young children, but has an underlying message that is intended for older generations to receive. This message, only used to enhance the meaning of the story, describes the addiction for one to have power and be in control. As the story goes on, the realization sets in that maybe the desire for power is not the best, at all times. The use of oppression becomes evident in this story, through Max, the main character, as he strives to control everything around him. Maurice Sendak uses repetition and parallelism in the imagery and text of Where the Wild Things Are to show Max’s progression to assume power and eventually discard it. In the very …show more content…
Max has instilled in the creatures that he is their formal leader and they must do as he does. Max continues to project his behavior on the wild things and rules them, as if he has been their ruler for all of time. Not only have the pictures changed at this point, but Max has also changed. He is still dressed in his wolf costume, but now over the large ears, lays a real crown to display his physical ruler characteristics. The fork, used at a scepter, has disappeared and a real scepter has taken its place. The final change shown in the book that parallels Max’s reality is a real tent. Back at home, Max nailed a blanket to the wall to make a tent, but where the wild things are, they have given Max a true tent, for him to call his own. Max ends the rumpus, realizing the wild things’ misbehavior, similar to what he had shown to his mother, and sends them to bed without supper. Max, the king of the wild things, was starting to realize this may not be the life he wants. After the unpleasing behavior exhibited by the wild things, Max sends them away and aspires to be alone. He makes his way to his tent, and sits by his lonesome, with a sad look on his face. Max realizes the hungry feeling in the pit of his stomach, and the homesick feeling in his mind. The smell of hot food is released in the air. Max perks up and decides to give up being “the king of the wild things” and heads home. Finally, Max has come to the

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