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Monday, February 11

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Children's Literature
Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat--each more eccentric than the last--could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children's literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children's world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal--real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

I just finished with Alice in Wonderland for my course, and while I was searching for deeper meaning I found one truth about the reading of this book. It's simply more enjoyable to read this nonsense book without a since of purpose (or porpoise as the case may be).

I had never read this delightful tale, but I had watched both the Disney version and the recent remake. I have also played the video game (which though a slow start I enjoyed immensely). To me Alice in Wonderland has always been more of trip down insane-ville than an enjoyable experience.

Not so with the book, yes it's still as trippy as all the other media based on it, but I found myself sucked into this world where nothing is what it seems. The riddles made me smile, and audacious Alice was endlessly endearing.

I did in the end find a deeper meaning for the tale, although I'm not too sure on it's validity. I find that whatever meaning a piece of art has for the viewer is likely the one that is needed for the viewer and many English classes try to push a certain view instead of one that is natural. My deeper meaning of Alice in Wonderland is simply, "Nothing is what it seems to be and everything requires a deeper exploration before coming to a conclusion."


I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.

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