Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
15Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Where the Wild Things Are: Missing Fathers and Lost Children

Where the Wild Things Are: Missing Fathers and Lost Children

Ratings:

5.0

(1)
|Views: 1,228|Likes:
Published by Jed Diamond
My wife and I saw movie, Where the Wild Things Are, last night. Carlin wanted to go because it recalled earlier times reading the story to our children. But we found the movie deep and dark, offering important insights about missing fathers and lost children.

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name.

The plot involves Max, a young boy, who enjoys an active fantasy life. He builds an igloo in the snow and tries to entice his older, teenage sister Claire to play with him. A snowball fight ensues with her and her friends, but when her friends jump on the igloo, destroying it, Max is very upset. He goes searching for understanding, love, care, and his lost father.

I look forward to your comments.
My wife and I saw movie, Where the Wild Things Are, last night. Carlin wanted to go because it recalled earlier times reading the story to our children. But we found the movie deep and dark, offering important insights about missing fathers and lost children.

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name.

The plot involves Max, a young boy, who enjoys an active fantasy life. He builds an igloo in the snow and tries to entice his older, teenage sister Claire to play with him. A snowball fight ensues with her and her friends, but when her friends jump on the igloo, destroying it, Max is very upset. He goes searching for understanding, love, care, and his lost father.

I look forward to your comments.

More info:

Published by: Jed Diamond on Oct 20, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

12/09/2012

pdf

text

original

 
Where The Wild Things Are: Missing Fathers andLost ChildrenBy Jed Diamond, Ph.D.Contact: jed@menalive.com www.MenAlive.com
My wife and I saw movie, Where the Wild Things Are, last night.Carlin wanted to go because it recalled earlier times reading the storyto our children. But we found the movie deep and dark, offeringimportant insights about missing fathers and lost children.
Where the Wild Things Are
is a2009 American fantasy filmdirected bySpike JonzeandadaptedfromMaurice Sendak's 1963children's book of the same name. The plot involves Max, a young boy, who enjoys an active fantasy life.He builds an igloo in the snow and tries to entice his older, teenagesister Claire to play with him. A snowball fight ensues with her andher friends, but when her friends jump on the igloo, destroying it, Maxis very upset.Claire stands by, says nothing, and then leaves with her friends. Maxgoes into a fit of rage, stomping snow around Claire's bedroom andbreaking things. A series of events make it clear that Max feelsneglected by sister and his divorced mother, Connie.One night, just before dinner, Max throws a tantrum in front of hismother’s boyfriend. Max’s mother tries to restrain him, but Max bitesher arm and runs out of the house to a nearby shore where he findsan abandoned sailboat.After several days of sailing he reaches an island, which is home tolarge talking beasts (the wild things). Max sees they are in the middleof an argument. One of the “beasts” complains that he is all aloneand no one understands him. Max approaches them. They consider eating him but he convinces them he’s a great king with magicalpowers capable of bringing harmony to the group. Upon hearing this
 
they crown Max their king. KW, a wild thing who had temporarily left,returns to the group. Max’s adventures continues from there.First, let me say if you’re considering taking your children to thismovie, you might want to think twice. Two little boys in our localtheater who appeared to be in the 6-8 age range screamed and criedthroughout the movie.Beyond the fact that there was a lot of violence in the film, it the boy’scries might be touching something deep in the male psyche.From my view as a psychologist who specializes in men’s issues, thisis a movie that says important things about males in today’s world.Max is a boy without a father surrounded by women (his mother andhis sister). “Absent fathers” is a reality of much of contemporary life.Though we have come to accept it, much damage results whenchildren (particularly male children) are raised without fathers.David Blankenhorn, in his book
Fatherless America
, says“Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend driving our most urgent social problems, from crime to adolescent pregnancy, tochild sexual abuse to domestic violence against women.”We get a feel for this in the movie when Max’s mother is afraid of Max’s angry outbursts and can’t easily contain them. He bites her and when she responds to his anger with anger of his own, he runsoff.I see this kind of behavior a lot in the families I counsel. Anoverworked, single Mom trying her best to take care of herself andher family, just can’t handle a young male. A good father would havebeen able to empathize with Max, take constructive action and allowhis anger a constructive avenue of expression.I’m not blaming mothers here. They are doing the best they can. Wemust do a better job with keeping our fathers involved in their family.It was not long ago that fathers were an important presence in thefamily, but now they are disappearing daily.

Activity (15)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
Sameer Ahmed liked this
danam542 liked this
Eric Traub liked this
Elizabeth Pulido liked this
ramirez6511 liked this
cliff246 liked this
Ante Sunara liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->