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Humpty Dumpty as depicted in Alice in Wonderland

Humpty Dumpty is illustrated as the naughty, smiling egg, sitting on the edge of a stone wall, threatening to fall off. Often the illustrations extend to the next page, where the egg is cracked and broken, its inner contents spilling out while a couple of chess pawns stand around watching.

The nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty appears prominently in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, as a poem that depicts the silliness of nonsense poetry. But perhaps there is more to the rhyme than just this.


Some speculate that the rhyme is a re-telling of the story of King Richard III, who died after reigning for twenty-six months. He fell off his horse and was bludgeoned to death so badly that he could not be put back together. He was depicted as a humpbacked man in Shakespeare's play and therefore resembled an egg.

Illustration by Denslow Humpty Dumpty illustrated as a broken egg Image source: Wikimedia Commons


A larger agreement of the tale behind the rhyme sees fulfillment in the narrative that Humpty Dumpty is a pseudonym for a cannon that was used during the 1648 Siege of England. The cannon was called Humpty Dumpty to veer away the attention of the enemy while calling out orders. The enemy was sharp enough to spot it, however, and attacked the top of the wall it stood on. The cannon fell to the ground and was completely shattered.

The idea that Humpty Dumpty is more than an egg is certainly something that leads to giving it more than its due. Humpty Dumpty could be anyone or anything associated with royalty, that supposedly fell off a wall and was irreplaceable. The King's horses and King's men is often understood as a reference to chess, but perhaps, they belong to some valorous battle in history.

Keywords: Humpty Dumpty, Rhyme, Poetry, War


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