Alice in Wonderland

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The author of the novel is Lewis Carroll, but his most successful piece of literature to date is Alice in Wonderland. The theme of this story is finding oneself in a world full of followers. Carroll uses elements such as, characterization and internal conflict to show the readers the moral lesson he is trying to get across. Carroll is a great author because he writes with such imagery, almost as if he wanted readers to feel like they were Alice in this Wonderland. The use of his metaphors makes the readers really dig deep and think about what’s going on in Wonderland. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, later known as Lewis Carroll, was born January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Raised catholic, Dodgson was the oldest son and third to eleven children. Dodgson’s father was a rector in the Catholic Church and his mother stayed home tending to the children. Throughout his entire childhood he entertained his siblings, by writing poetry or performing magic tricks (notablebiographies). At the unusually late age of seventeen he suffered a severe attack of whooping cough which left him with poor hearing in his right ear, which probably lead to his weak chest or stuttering or as he would call it “hesitation” (victorianweb). Dodgson moved to Rugby School in 1846, after leaving Rugby in 1849, he completed his matriculation from Christ Church, Oxford in 1850 and continued studying there obtaining residency in early 1851 (poets). Dodgson left Rugby at the end of 1849 and, after an interval which remains unexplained, went on in January 1851 to Oxford: to his father's old college, Christ Church. Dodgson mother died when he had only been in Oxford for two days, he did not let her death distract him from his goal of graduating, although Dodg... ... middle of paper ... ...dies, his use of language, and his literary style. A novelist by the name of Henry Kingsley complimented Carroll saying, “…Your versification is a gift I envy you very much”. Victorians praised Carroll for his word play others called his piece of work “non-sense”. Critics believed it had sexual meaning, psychoanalytic critics in particular. For many years they have been preoccupied with the details of Carroll's sex life and his obsession with young girls (eNotes). The first wave of critics focused on the sexual symbolism in the novel, which according to the theory reveals Carroll’s own repressed sexuality (Freudian). The Caterpillar’s mushroom also has multiple symbolic meanings, some readers and critics view the Caterpillar as a sexual threat, its phallic shape a symbol of sexual virility. The Caterpillar’s mushroom connects to this symbolic meaning (sparknotes).
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