Alice as Innocence and Temptation

Although there is much controversy surrounding Lewis Carroll’s relationships with and feelings towards little girls, it is a simple fact that his works “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through The Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” have been widely revered for their comedic and imaginative natures. His photography, however, (which is often under his real … Read moreAlice as Innocence and Temptation

Writing for Children: A Study of Two Authors who Truly Understood what Children Love to Read

Both Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows are honored and cherished children’s classics. Though the two stories were written over a hundred years ago, they are still popular and widely loved today. Questions have been raised as to why exactly these two books have turned out to be … Read moreWriting for Children: A Study of Two Authors who Truly Understood what Children Love to Read

Alice’s Existential Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Geer’s article “`All sorts of pitfalls and surprises’: Competing Views of Idealized Girlhood in Lewis Carroll’s Alice Books,” discusses at length the implications of Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on the development of the child. Through this article Geer stresses that Victorian fairy tales, and specifically Alice’s nonsensical journey through wonderland “foster … Read moreAlice’s Existential Adventures in Wonderland

A College Student’s Explication of “Jabberwocky”

At first glance, the poem Jabberwocky – as Charles Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, transcribed in Alice in Wonderland – appears to be pure unintelligible gibberish, a madman’s ravings about some unfathomable and inexplicable beast. It rambles about “vorpal blades” and “slithy toves”, “frumious Bandersnatches” and things that go “snicker-snack”, and not once does it apologize … Read moreA College Student’s Explication of “Jabberwocky”

The Layers Under the Wordplay of The Mouse’s Tale

Lewis Carroll has a lot of fun playing with language in Alice in Wonderland. He points out its flexibility, inadequacies, and the confusion that it can produce when taken at face value without common sense and interpretation. His playfulness is certainly entertaining and raises points about some interesting quirks of language, but there is often … Read moreThe Layers Under the Wordplay of The Mouse’s Tale

Dissolvation of Community in Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

” ‘If everybody minded their own business,’ the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, ‘the world would go round a deal faster than it does’ ” (Carroll 62).Capricious and fanciful, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland depicts a place where communal rules and shared understandings have dissolved. Wonderland’s inhabitants fail to form a community although … Read moreDissolvation of Community in Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

A Journey Through Worlds: Adulthood and Discovery in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Treasure Island’

“You live in the image you have of the world. Every one of us lives in a different world, with different space and different time”- Alejandro Jodorowsky. Treasure Island is a novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson, which entails adventure and discovery. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll, also calls for exploration and … Read moreA Journey Through Worlds: Adulthood and Discovery in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Treasure Island’

The Role Of Nonsense In Alice In Wonderland

In Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, much of the sequence and dialogue seems chaotic and nonsensical, leaving the reader to interpret its meaning and purpose. Being that the entire story occurs within a dream, Carroll has the freedom to play with subconscious notions of existence, reality, and most pertinently, societal intercourse. Interaction plays … Read moreThe Role Of Nonsense In Alice In Wonderland

The Picaresque of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its Role in Lewis Carroll’s Social Commentary

As a popular and widely loved novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and, Through the looking Glass and What Alice Found There has been translated to well over a hundred languages and is a household tale that most people have enjoyed in their childhood. With a seemingly lighthearted storyline full of imagination and adventure, the novel … Read moreThe Picaresque of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its Role in Lewis Carroll’s Social Commentary