By Lewis Carroll
In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a narrative a few little woman tumbling down a rabbit gap. hence begun the immortal adventures of Alice, possibly the preferred heroine in English literature. numerous students have attempted to outline the appeal of the Alice books–with these splendidly eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they honestly contain a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a mirrored image of latest ecclesiastical heritage. maybe, as Dodgson may have acknowledged, Alice is not more than a dream, a fairy story concerning the trials and tribulations of starting to be up–or down, or all became round–as noticeable in the course of the professional eyes of a kid.
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Extra resources for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)
Some critics believe that this parody indicates Carroll’s rebellious nature against his own restrictive upbringing. In any event, Alice is attempting to find a point of reference for the fantastic world she has entered by trying to apply generally accepted “facts” from her former world. These facts, however, do not apply in Wonderland, which increasingly frustrates Alice. ” to people looking down the hole and pleading for her to return. If she does not like the person they name, Alice will remain in the hole until they name someone whom she wants to be.
Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment: she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. ” She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof. There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.
Relying on her little knowledge of history, she considers that the Mouse might be French, having come to England with William the Conqueror. ” The mention of a cat is frightening to a Mouse in any language. In this instance, the Mouse equates the word “chatte” with the actual physical presence of a cat, which is an absurd assumption to make. Regardless, Alice quickly apologizes. She swims lazily while assuring the Mouse that he would like Dinah, Alice’s cat. She begins noting Dinah’s habits—sitting and purring by a fire, grooming herself, and so forth—but she has to apologize again when she mentions that Dinah catches mice.