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Discovery Related Text:

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Irene Delimitros

on 23 March 2015

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Transcript of Discovery Related Text:

Summary:
What types of discoveries are evident in this text?
Analysis:
When Max is sent to his room without supper for causing mischief, he becomes angry. His wild journey becomes a metaphor for his journey through anger - the process of allowing his anger free reign, then coming to terms with it and actually processing the emotion.
The forest grows in his room just as his anger grows. The long journey “through the night and a day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year” show the separation that anger can cause between a person and their loved ones.
How does the text link to the Area of Study?
Maurice Sendak's "Where the wild things are" follows the story of a young boy who uses his imagination to escape reality. Through this he discovers new worlds and new possibilities. This new found knowledge leads to self-discovery
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Discovery Related Text:
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

One night Max was sent to bed without dinner for making mischief in his wolf costume and speaking disrespectfully to his mother. Angry, Max goes to his room and imagines a sea that he sails on to a big wild forest. Upon reaching the forest he meets the “Wild Things,” big terrible monsters, but Max, still in his wolf costume, is not scared of them. He tames the wild monsters with his magic trick and becomes their king. Max eventually becomes lonely, missing his mother, who loved him best of all, and decides to sail back home. After a long “journey home”, Max finds his supper waiting, still hot.
The monsters become the manifestation of his anger, “roar[ing] their terrible roars and gnash[ing] their terrible teeth… and show[ing] their terrible claws”.
He takes control of his anger when he becomes their king, and he allows the anger to take over as they throw their “wild rumpus” party.
In the end, Max realizes the enjoyment of his anger is not worth being separated from his mum; the one who “loved him best of all.”
THEMES:
Parental love

The nature of our emotions

When Max returns he discovers a fresh and intensely meaningful reconnection to his mother... emotional discovery
He has developed a new understanding of their relationship and renewed his previous perceptions of himself and his mother... which was blurred by his anger
His discoveries are aided by his personal context and values
The impact of the discoveries are far-reaching
and transformative for Max
Power and control

His emotions (misbehaviour) are what get Max sent to his room. This sudden and unexpected occurrence evokes his curiosity, necessity and wonder

Resolving conflict

Max discovers that he can enthrall the monsters and becomes their king. However this love of control and power starts to dissipate... leaving Max to question or challenge his previous views
He forms a different perspective and this worth is reassessed over the time he spends there
The ramification... he discovers that he misses his mother and home
Empathy for others’ feelings

Taking responsibility for our actions
The impact of this discovery allows Max to realize that he must resolve his personal conflict by "journeying home"... making his discovery one of transformation (self-realization)
Max's discovery makes him question and challenge the importance of his anger over the the love his mother provides him... when
viewed from a different perspective, Max see's her worth
and this is what brings him home
HOW do we see such notions of Discovery?

What visual devices are used to depict these ideas?
Visual Techniques:
colour/hue/tone
vector
positioning
salience
modality
reading path
angle
body language and gaze
composition
contrast
framing
orientation/point of view
omissions
symbolism
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