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Lewis Carroll Biography

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was heavily influenced by his father in a life of both curiosity and logic. Having literary works in both the mathematical or logical spectrum, as well as astonishingly creative pieces of literature, the Victorian writer decided to put the pseudonym "Lewis Carroll" as the author of his more outrageous works (Hudson 262). According to Hudson,

"Gradually he began to give literary shape (though not always in writing) to some of those whimsical intimation and impressions that had haunted him since childhood, fantasies that belonged (as we now know) to the Wonderland country and to the other side of the Looking Glass. For the Alice books were in some degree an autobiographical miscellany, woven together with uncanny skill" (264).

Lewis Carroll, being author of both Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, leaves traces of reoccurring themes throughout the inquisitive novels such as maturity, absurdity, and reality appear.

In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice open-mindedly wonders through the mysterious land, not questioning the unknown land, but herself instead. After falling down a rabbit hole, the initiation into her dream land, Alice comes across strange characters that have some logic hidden underneath their nonsensicalness such as "Caucaus Racing" in order to dry off (Magill, "Alice in Wonderland" 62). Upon her arrival, she meets a caterpillar sitting on a mushrooms with the ability to make a person shrink or grow, a grinning, talking Cheshire Cat, with the ability to disappear on his own will, a Mad Hatter, whose riddles have no answers, and a Queen whom decapitates anyone at any given chance. Through her adventures, Alice has an epip...

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