Alice In Wonderland Themes

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With many speculations as to what the story is about, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a tale that still entices readers. Written in 1865, Charles Dodgson created a tale under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Within that tale Carroll inevitably created a character of ambition within the little girl, Alice. From the beginning of the tale, she is displayed as being adventurous, leaving her sister’s side to follow a white rabbit down a mysterious hole; complacent until she finds herself in a predicament. New ideas about the story revolve mainly around drugs, speaking as if it were some psychedelic LSD trip. Another theory also led to the belief that its’ author was nothing more than a pedophilic gentleman who had too close of a relationship with…show more content…
She decides to follow this Rabbit down the rabbit hole into the enchanting realm of Wonderland. The White Rabbit is also our first instance of what would be considered an adult in Wonderland. “It was the White Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other: he came trotting along in a great hurry, muttering to himself as he came, 'Oh! the Duchess, the Duchess! Oh! won 't she be savage if I 've kept her waiting! '” (Carroll, 24) Alice is ignorant to the Rabbit’s predicament, and thought it odd how pressing the matter of time could be on a creature. Alice demonstrates the qualities of a child here, as well as Carroll’s portrayal of adults. From a child’s viewpoint, adults are the White Rabbit. They mumble nonsense to themselves as well as having places that they need to be. All of the adults that are shown throughout the story are literally insane. Another example of madness comes from the mad Hatter. After stumbling upon the Mad Tea Party, Alice quickly learns that everyone she meets is more than a little bit bonkers. “The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, 'Why is a raven like…show more content…
There are some flaws within the plot of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, mainly stemming from the changing of the story and characters. No character within the tale remains constant, the only one through the whole tale with us is Alice. The main theme within the story is Alice trying to get home, only to end up on trial in the Red Queen’s kingdom. This is the turning point for Alice. Her character develops greatly, making her turn from the partially taciturn child, to the able-minded young adult. “ 'Who cares for you? ' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) 'You 're nothing but a pack of cards! '” (Carroll, 117). Alice has the gall to stand up to these playing card guards that are trying to cut off her head, by order of the queen. She realizes that these cards could not harm her, at her normal height. They were after all, just a pack of
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