The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll Analysis Essay

  • Category: Literature, Poems,
  • Words: 240 Pages: 1
  • Published: 14 March 2021
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The Walrus and the Carpenter is a poem written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym of Lewis Caroll. It is an excerpt from the book, “Through the looking glass” and is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Alice. It’s historical significance corresponds to the Industrial Revolution,  putting forth the gruesome essence of trickery and betrayal. The writer has vividly put forward Symbolism in the interpretation of the characters of the Walrus, the Carpenter, the Oysters, the Sun and the Moon alongside the sea and the beach. 

To begin with, the poet has put forward the subject of how the naive and gullible are misled by the clever, through writing about the relationship between the Walrus, Carpenter, and Oysters. It is seen in the poesy when the Walrus and the Carpenter lure the oysters to come with them for a “pleasant walk and a pleasant talk” yet in reality, eat them callously the first chance they get, putting on a show of feign “weeping” and “deep” empathy for the oysters. Here, the Walrus and Carpenter both give connotation to ruthless political leaders, who don’t show compassion or mercy to anyone except themselves. The oysters on the other hand, were naive and gullible as could be. Vigorously acquiring the “treat” propounded by the Walrus and Carpenter, they mirthfully “waited in a row”; not fathoming the malice aforethought of the Carpenter and Walrus. Rather, “Thanking” them for showing altruistism in early stages. To the lector, it indicates that the novice greenhorn oysters, are unsuspecting individuals later mutilated by the malicious and presiding.

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