The Jabberwocky Figurative Language

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Carroll uses certain figurative language to enhance his poem, “The Jabberwocky”. All of these attribute to the overall nonsense of the poem. Carroll uses metaphors and similes in the poem. The figurative language employed by Carroll is difficult to identify because he uses words that are not characteristic of formal English language. The nonsense of the poem does not suggest any themes or motifs that is normally encountered in a poem. The poem is not made for any particular reason other than entertainment, and this notion is evident in “The Jabberwocky”. Carroll describes the Jabberwock’s eyes through metaphor. He characterizes the creature as having “eyes of flame”(14). Based on the information from this metaphor, the reader can deduce that…show more content…
Since the poem is a nonsense poem, it does not have an apparent higher meaning that supersedes the literal interpretation of the poem. This aspect of the poem is unique to the nonsense genre, of which the poems are not intended to evoke thought or address an issue in society. These poems are engineered to entertain its audience. Any perceived symbol is purely subjective to the person who interpreted it that way. Despite this, one can make an inference that there is some deeper meaning to the poem than the literal one. The jabberwocky can be considered a symbol of fear or evil. Based on the father’s account of the encounter with the beast, it is obvious that he watched at a distance as his son slays the monster. If the jabberwocky is a symbol of something evil, then the boy’s triumph over it could also symbolize the innocence of children. Given Carroll’s interest in children and their influence on his works, this notion is plausible. The overall theme of the poem given the previous interpretations of it would be the struggle between good and evil, a classic conflict that is epitomized in countless stories. For the most part, there is not a clear example of symbolism in the poem, and that is probably how Carroll intended it to be. The lack of symbolism is not detrimental to the poem, as its true value lies in its

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