The Caterpillar

The Caterpillar - The Caterpillar's nasty mood, even if he...

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Unformatted text preview: The Caterpillar's nasty mood, even if he does seem nonchalant, is a subtle symbol of all the verbal chaos in Wonderland. Yet, here, in Chapter VI, that linguistic nonsense is replaced by random, violent, physical disorder in the action of the story. Alice has come upon a house, just as a Fish-Footman delivers a letter to the Frog-Footman of the house. The letter is an invitation, which the Fish-Footman reads: "For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet." In a marvelous example of Wonderland's semantic, verbal fun, the Frog- Footman reverses the invitation: "From the Queen. An invitation for the Duchess to play croquet." In reality, it should end with "From the Queen." When Alice attempts to enter the house, she finds herself further into the world of nonsense. The Frog-Footman is sitting before the door and is totally uncooperative as she knocks at the door. He Frog-Footman is sitting before the door and is totally uncooperative as she knocks at the door....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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