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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Cristina Nuta -

Written in the omniscient third person point of view, the book focuses on Alice's struggle to adapt to the absurd rules and the adults' behaviour, in a world dominated by them, a society ruled by injustice, but it also focuses on her initiating experiences in Wonderland. We can say that the book focuses both on the theme of growth into adulthood, of maturity and also on the one of games and learning the rules.

The setting of the story refers to time, place, clothing and other details that serve as a suitable background for the subject. The introduction presents the characters and the place: '…very large table under a tree set for afternoon tea as if many people were expected'… But 'the Dormouse is sleeping'. Something strange happens as time is always referred to as 'tea-time'. Time is not only chronological but also psychological. These two perceptions of time coexist. Psychological time shapes reality in a way different from chronological time. When it comes to literature, psychological time is referred to as the time of mind.

The plot presents the conflicts between Alice, on the one hand, and the Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse, on the other. Alice feels that what the others say has little or no connotation with what is actually going on. Here, the sources of comic appear at the level of characters (What's the answer? I haven't the slightest idea), of situation (Have some wine! There isn't any), of language (I eat what I see; I see what I eat).

Moreover, another favourite device used by Carroll is fun, source of delight for the reader and challenge for Alice, meant to create humorous situations 'Mine is a long tale', said the Mouse, 'It is a long tail', said Alice.

The climax represents Alice's thought 'the Hatter's remark seemed to have no meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English', while in the resolution Alice adopts the other character's way of thinking and finally understands why that large table is full of tea things; time as she used to know it had stopped and now it was always tea-time.

When referring to the novel's tone, the author shows sympathy and understanding to Alice, as if he were a teacher and she were an innocent child gradually finding out the truths of life.

Diving deeper into the carrollian imaginary world, we can state that 'Alice' is an allegory, in which we can find several hints regarding the society in Carroll's time, especially the political and legal systems. Written by an eccentric Oxford dean to amuse his little girl, the novel is one of the best memorials of the Victorian love for nonsense, a reaction to the goody- goody moralizing books of the nineteenth century.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 27 February '07


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