Hidden Themes In Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland

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The book Alice in wonderland was published in 1865, by Lewis Carroll, this book has become part of many adults and children’s lives and has been a cherished fairy tale for many years. The story begins with a young girls dream called Alice, and the adventures that are about to take place in the unconscious mind of Alice, due to her starting to drift off to sleep by becoming bored of her sister reading her a novel with no pictures. (Carroll,1992). However, since it’s traditional origin, many generations have been eager to find hidden meanings in the tale. To some readers they feel that the author created something more than a child’s storybook, in which continues to fascinate both adults and children today, (Reichertz,1997). As the story begins…show more content…
Due to Alice’s child like mannerism, she does not understand why the mouse does not like cats or dogs and is oblivious at first to the distress that the mouse is feeling as she praises what a good cat Dinah is and how helpful the farmer’s dog is. The mouse informs her that they kill all rats, (Carroll, 1992) which makes Alice realise the mistake she has made. She apologises, just like an adult would do when understanding their mistake. In each chapter the reader can reflect on their own life’s, which makes the reader continue with the story. (Thomas,1990). Wonderland starts to become obvious to the reader that it is a lawless world, which leads them on a strange journey following Alice’s metaphorical experiences, (An analysis of Alice’s adventures in wonderland, 2016). Throughout the novel, Alice is forever asking herself “who in the world am I” (Carroll, 1992). This is something that almost everybody can relate to, as most people ask themselves this time and again throughout their…show more content…
After ignoring her for a while, it lazily begins to ask her some rather difficult metaphysical questions “who are you?” (Carroll, 1992). At this point Alice cannot explain to the caterpillar who she is anymore, as her body is forever changing shape every time she eats or drinks something. She compares herself to a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, in the hope of making the caterpillar understand the changes she is experiencing. This the reader can relate to, due to themselves having been asked who they are throughout their lives.( The caterpillar then goes on to ask her to quote the poem “You are old, Father William”. This poem is about a young son telling his father that he is too old to be doing the things that he still does, (Poem origins: Alice in wonderland ,2016). This could be seen as though the caterpillar is trying to tell Alice that she is getting older as she travels through wonderland, leaving the reader to wonder if Alice grows to become a young women throughout the
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