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In reality, Lewis Carroll is the nom de guerre for the Reverend Charles L. Dodgson, a “puttering, fussy, fastidious, didactic bachelor, who was almost painfully humorless in his relations with the grown-up world around him” (Woollcott 5). Though it may seem that Dodgson and his pseudonym emit two very different personalities, as Braithwaite points out, there really only existed “a completely integrated though singular personality” (174). While Dodgson under his true name usually only published books on mathematics and logic, under the name of Lewis Carroll he published books for the young, with some exceptions. One such exception to this division of subjects is the work Symbolic Logic; this textbook was published under the name of Lewis Carroll. It is through Dodgson’s children’s works that his integrated personality emerges.
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Thus, a single interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the battle between bridging from childhood to adulthood. With a simple overview, Carroll truly fulfilled that function in his writings. He seems to bring out the imagination and childhood in all his readers. It is obvious Carroll also found the rules and obligations of the time were ridiculous as he satires them throughout most of his works. Thus, the Alice books have provided the world with an inexhaustible fairy tale which has achieved a purity that “is almost unique in a period so cluttered and cumbered” (qtd.
Among children this book is known but falsely known due to the interpretations of the Disney movie and children’s tale. The author’s genius and creativity was shown with its astonishing usage of creative thoughts and ideas, symbolism reflecting many traits of its time, and original plot structure. Even though it is a classic piece of literature, there is still controversy over the actual meanings and thoughts about what the author was endeavoring to convey. I had many exciting and thoughtful feelings regarding this book. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone over the age of 12 or 13.