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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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Where the Wild Things Are may seem like a senseless children’s book to some, but if one my view the story from a broader perspective it is actually has a lot going on. First off Sendak uses different techniques in his writing such as placing some diction in all caps. This gives a loud visual and audible effect when read by the reader. The language of the piece is also important, Sendak makes Max’s dialogue short and abrupt like “BE STILL” and “I’ll EAT YOU UP,” this is representative of how a crazy child would speak. The lines are also short in length, giving the effect of how a child might compose their thinking process. Sendak also does a remarkable job merging Max into his imaginative world of where the wild things are. He does such progression by slowly having the room grow, then grow more, then sail for days then weeks and then almost a year, listing the events in this slow poetic manner causes the reader to feel the drag of time. But one of the main and most well executed aspects of the story is its irony, a wild thing boy who is not respectful of his mother, goes to the land of the wild things and becomes their king. After becoming their king, he partakes in a wild rumpus, through enabling his wild side to the fullest, he discovers the need for love and order, and decides to head back home where he finds his supper still hot. Such irony is not easy to create and even less so to construe in a compact understandable story.
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