The Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak

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Over the course of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Max, the protagonist, displays in many ways that he is influenced by his mother. The story begins with Max misbehaving in a wolf suit and getting punished by her for it. After being sent to his room, his mind conjured a place where he could experience what it’s like to be in control. Max himself is a wild thing, and when he arrives at the island with the other wild things, he wants to understand why he was punished so he tames them. Max is made king by the wild things and then uses his newfound authority to punish them when all they did was obeyed his order to party . Max starts to regret his decision to leave home when he starts feeling lonely after having banished the wild things, and returns home to his mother. The narrator of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are starts by telling the reader about the consequences Max faces from misbehaving. Sendak writes the following, “ Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another and his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP’” (line 1). This implies that Max doesn’t feel that he himself can make “mischief”, he feels he has to put on a mask to do so. If he wants to express himself or release stress, he has to be someone or something else, so as to not disappoint his mother. When his mother calls him “WILD THING!” he embraces this persona she’s given him by saying “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”. She then decides to send him to bed hungry after

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