Jabberwocky: A Nonsense Word

A nonsense word is a word that had no conventionally accepted meaning, or has no set definition. Nonsense words can be used to influence a story line, an overall vocabulary, and a stories literary devices. In the poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and an excerpt from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, nonsense vocabulary is used. Both texts have some vocabulary attributes that make them similar and different to the other. It is important to understand how nonsensical word usage affects different aspects of the story. To begin with, word usage influences the storyline in both texts. The influence of word usage relates to the author's purpose in using this type of nonsensical language. Firstly, in Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a mythical creature, known …show more content…
Both stories are affected in the way that the vocabulary makes readers analyze the story line more, in an effort to try and understand the things that are difficult to process. The fact that readers have to use text evidence and details to try and understand what the nonsense word mean, makes the readers had a more analytical sense while reading both works. As a matter of fact, in Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, lines ten and eleven read, “‘I am the Lorax,’ he coughed and he wiffled. He sneezed and he sniffled. He snaggled. He sniffed.” This is a perfect of example of having to analyze the text. The reader knows what coughed, sneezed, and snuffled mean, meaning that they can try and guess that snaggled means something along those lines. Th word meaning to croak or hoarsely whisper. Furthermore, in Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”, the word frumious is used. We generally do not know what that word means. But lines seven and eight read, “Beware the JubJub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch.” Analyzing the lines, the beginning states to “beware”, obviously frumious had something to do with danger. Granted, these are not the only instances where the text has to be analyzed greatly. But in all instances, readers must try and evaluate details surrounding the word and study the text in greater detail. The stories are affected because readers are more analytical and investigative …show more content…
Both authors put the usage of nonsense words into their figurative language and sound devices, and the meaning said instances would change without that language. In fact, in The Lorax, there is much nonsensical vocabulary that goes into the sound devices and figurative language. Throughout that entire excerpt, nonsense words were used as rhyming words. Every stanza in the excerpt has a different rhyme scheme: aabbbcded, aabbcc, and abcbddeeffgghhh. Words such as smeary, schlopp, and loots are used to create a rhyme. It is possible that without those words, the rhyming the way it is would not be possible. Maybe, they could not find a word the rhymes with weary and dreary, that meant dirty. (Lines 28-29) Or maybe a word the rhymes with stop that gets the point of a dirty old cutting machine, because there are no words that rhyme with stop that mean the. (Lines 22-23) Rhyming and rhyme scheme would be effected is the author chose not to include nonsense words. On another note, “Jabberwocky” uses nonsense words in a greater variety. It uses imagery, onomatopoeias, portmanteaus, and rhyme. Line fourteen uses imagery when it describes the Jabberwock as having “eyes of flame”. Line eighteen stated that the blade made a noise of going “snicker-snak”, meaning that the word is an onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia also appears in line twenty-three, reading, “O Frabjous

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