On the Nonsense, Pun, and Sarcasm in
Alice ¡ ¦s Adventure in Wonderland
Alice ¡ ¦s Adventure in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll and first published in 1865, first told by word of mouth, to distract a little girl of seven (Alice Pleasaunce Liddell) and her two sisters, during a river picnic on a hot July day in the year 1862. Alice Pleasaunce Liddell, an enchantingly lovely child, drew the story from her devoted friend, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ( Lewis Carroll ¡ ¦s real name) when they paddled with her two sisters upstream from Oxford. The sun shone dazzlingly on the still water and ¡ §Alice grew restless, having nothing to do, and begged for a story ¡ ¥ with plenty of nonsense in it ¡ ¦, and so Charles Dodgson, began with the words which were to become famous all over the world ¡ (Carroll)1.
In Alice ¡ ¦s Adventure in Wonderland, Carroll uses a lot of nonsense, pun, and sarcasm that form this marvelous and well-known novel, which is not only for children but also for adults. In detail, the first part of this paper will discuss the nonsense in this book. Carroll is a person full of imagination and is good at playing the game of words. Therefore, we will be surprised at his intelligence and wonderful thoughts which are revealed in Alice ¡ ¦s adventure in Wonderland. In the second part, we will see the pun with two meanings in the book, which makes you laughing with understanding. The third part will discuss the sarcasm which is combined with the phenomenon in the Victorian age and discloses some darkness side that we do not know in the book. In such a way, we can get another interpretation that is rooted deeply in Carroll ¡ ¦s mind and does not detected that easily.
First, the nonsense appear in some chapter that is interesting and somewhat funny like ¡ § ¡ ¥Mine is a long and a sad tale! ¡ ¦ said the Mouse, turning to Alice and sighing. ¡