PERCEVING EXPLANATIONS FROM THE NONSENSE: AN ANALYSIS OF ATTRIBUTIONS IN CARROLL‘S ALICE‘S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Annisa Widyawati Fathonah, Fatma Hetami

Abstract


This research was conducted to explore explanation perceiving through attributions in Lewis Carroll's Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland. The objectives are: 1) explaining Alice's perceiving of explanations from the nonsense through attributions; 2) identifying to what extent Alice attributes the nonsense; and 3) explaining how Alice‘s attributions construct relevant explanations. This research employed psychological approach especially social-psychology of literature focusing on Alice‘s attention based on her social and psychological processes. The data was analysed qualitatively and the results were written descriptively in accordance with the research questions. This research resulted in several findings. 1) Alice relates the nonsense in Wonderland with the sense in her original world in order to retrieve an understanding; 2) Alice divides her attributions into two extensions directed to the creatures as personal figure and to the environment as impersonal figure; 3) Alice‘s process of attributing includes frame-working through behavior and attributing under psychological processes.

Keywords


Explanation perceiving, Nonsense, Attribution

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