I Am the Walrus

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I Am the Walrus I Am the Walrus is a song written by John Lennon of The Beatles during the fall of 1967. The odd nature of the lyrics have their origins in Lennon's love for irrational wordplay, particularly stories written by Lewis Carroll, who is most famous for his books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872). In I Am the Walrus, John Lennon uses numerous examples of symbolism to express how the forces of law and order can be repressive. We begin with the line “Corporation t-shirts” (Lennon). This part of the line is a reference to mass marketing and consumerism. John Lennon was known to constantly single out this aspect of society for criticism. Mass marketing is used to effect attitude change to as wide an audience as possible. John Lennon saw this as a way for the government to keep control of its citizens. In the first two lines of the chorus, “I am the eggman, they are the eggmen” (Lennon), John Lennon shows the influence of the writings of Lewis Carroll on his life. These two lines are references to Humpty Dumpty, who was a character considered to be very opinionated and somewhat rebellious. Humpty Dumpty appears in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found. Lennon is actually singling himself out, and then passing on his ideals to those individuals that think and believe as he does. In the third line of the chorus, as well as the song title, “I am the walrus” (Lennon) is yet another reference to a Lewis Carroll poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”. Here Lennon makes reference to the walrus, which is a symbol of extreme capitalism. In the 1960s, as mass marketing became more abundant, it was realized that big corporations were having an immense amount of influence on government. This became known as the Walrus, and soon became apparent that this brought the ideals
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