The Power Of Words And Language

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The Power of words and Language in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, both use a wide vocabulary and a play on words, that may not be familiar to the young readers whom they are intended for, but the use of these words aid in the themes of the novel and the overall plots of the works. This specific use of words and a focus on the language aids in the salvation of Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, and the Knave in Alice in Wonderland, brings a since of togetherness to characters, shows the innocence and naivety of the characters, and add humor to the story. Both of these writers are known for their writing styles and the craft of using language and words to their advantage as they tell their stories.
White chose to write a story about a pig who is saved from the ax on multiple occasions. Little Fern after learning that some pigs were born one morning while sitting at the breakfast table and that her father is on the way to the barn to kill the runt, runs out into the yard, grabs ahold of the ax in her father’s hands, and cries out that “This is the most terrible case of injustice that she has heard of” (White 3). Catherine Elick makes the point that this opening scene and the language that is used, may be more “persuasive and perspective changing than the ax itself” (171). Not only is this a big word for such a young child to be using but it is also the first time that the…

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