The Tempest, The Butterfly Effect, Where the Wild Things Are - Imaginative Journeys

Essay by weeareHigh School, 12th grade February 2008

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The concept of journeys will always lead to a greater comprehension. A simple insightful glance, or even a harmless voyage, into an arena bounded only by the limits of imagination, already creates the greatest opportunity for any individual to attain understanding so compelling which only the mind can comprehend. We rely on the phenomenal mechanism, which is our imagination, to create a realm with the aid of speculation and inspiration to guide us on an expedition into an alternative world in order to achieve understanding that is unattainable in reality. This concept is demonstrated in the film, The Butterfly Effect directed by Eric Bress and J. Gruber in 2004, The Tempest by William Shakespeare and the picture book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

One of the most essential elements of a journey is the obstacle faced by an individual. The hindrance an individual faces can be an emotional hurdle, a physical challenge or a metaphysical predicament.

In the book 'Where the Wild Things Are', the central themes of magic and the concept of colonization are depicted through the utilization of onomatopoeia, symbolism and illustrations.

Sendak intricately weaves visual literacy tools in complex ways to create crosscurrents that affirm children's need to fantasize while gently pushing them in the direction of attaining greater understanding.

"Where the Wild things are" entails the imaginative journey of a mischievous young boy in a wolf suit who has been banished to his room without supper as a consequence of his irrational behaviour. Sparked by the frustration and annoyance he feels, due to his mother having power and control over him he embarks upon a crusade of his own in an attempt to challenge his mother's authority by creating a world where he is King.

Through page layout, symbolism and use of illustrations...