Finnegans Wake Themes

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Nonsense

This is a main theme throughout the novel. There is an especial literary tradition of nonsense, even though that is silly. The summary writer is not an expert in nonsense but does have some knowledge on this subject. There was at least one 19th century set of children's fiction that integrated a great deal of intentional nonsense. This was done purely for the sake of entertainment and it served no other purpose. This reveals that for authors, a certain amount of nonsense and a tolerance of it is a necessity. Otherwise it would be next to impossible to come with the more exotic works of fiction. Not everyone is limited in this way. It is because of this that it would be best to understand this novel as having been a cult classic during his lifetime.

There is another use of nonsense. Actually, there is more than one...

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