The Wild Rumpus Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… He has completely left the realm of reality in search of a place to control. Once Max’s room first changes, due to his imagination, his own personal boat arrives to take him away. The rest of his room becomes a wild jungle, where the wild things live. These large creatures, known as the wild things, inhabit Max’s room and soon become the perfect subjects for Max to take control of. First, Max has little interaction with the wild things, but soon, he takes full control. Max yells at the wild things, ordering them to do what he pleases. This shows that Max is displacing the anger he feels at his mother for yelling at him, onto the wild things. Max then begins “the wild rumpus,” an act in which all of the wild things and Max partake in. All of the creatures and Max are simply playing around in an unmannered form, causing trouble. This trouble continues due to the lack of adult guidance and the abundance of free imagination. While the rumpus is taking place, again the illustrations change to fit the scenes. Since Max has become the leader, and gained the power he wanted, he has become the focal point of each picture. The wild things constantly have their eyes on Max, and imitate each of his movements. 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 …show more content…
Max’s behavior builds to the point where he escapes reality to assume a position of authority. He discards his mother’s authoritative position, and takes himself away to the land of the wild things. Upon his visit to the land of the wild things, Max uses oppression to take control in an abusive way of the wild things. Not too long after Max’s stay with the wild things, does he realize that being the king is not really what he wants. Max longed to be in the place where someone loved him most of all. This place, was back at home with his mother. Once Max arrives home to find his dinner placed in his bedroom, Max takes off the hood of his white wolf costume. This action, shares the biggest statement in the entire book. It shows that Max has finally given up some of his power to come back to reality and be loved and provided for by his mother. In the beginning, Max puts on the wolf suit with hopes to gain power. After Max has power, he realizes that is not what he wants his life to be about. Once Max comes home, he relinquishes his power, realizes his wrongdoings and comes back to reality. Max gives up his power, and limits his imagination in order to take back the misbehavior he portrayed at his mother. These actions finally show the growth of Max as a character throughout the story of Where the Wild Things

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