The Toy Eater Shel Silverstein Analysis

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Being human implies having the ever prevalent emotion of fear. In our lives, we perceive the aspects of fear constantly and people have this instilled in us at a very early stage in life. Shel Silverstein, a children’s poet, wrote countless poems about the monsters that people face and how they cope with them. Specifically, in Silverstein’s poem “The Toy Eater” he uses the element of imagery to not only frighten children, but to also teach them a valuable lesson about themselves and about the constraints of society. Throughout the brief poem, Silverstein creates the monster in question without every truly describing it at all. Instead, he uses the action of the monster destroying the children’s toys as a tactical way to scare them into picking
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