Essay about A Child's Struggle in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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A Child's Struggle in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's Wonderland is a queer little universe where a not so ordinary girl is faced with the contradicting nature of the fantastic creatures who live there. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a child's struggle to survive in the condescending world of adults. The conflict between child and adult gives direction to Alice's adventures and controls all the outstanding features of the work- Alice's character, her relationship with other characters, and the dialogue. " Alice in Wonderland is on one hand so nonsensical that children sometimes feel ashamed to have been interested in anything so silly (Masslich 107)."

The underlying message of Alice's Adventures in
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More often than not, she is chastised for her opinions, but Howard 3 soon learns to take the characters criticisms with stride. Likewise, a child tends to see adults in the same light. The child know the way that things are in their own mind, but when they share their ideas with their parents or other adults they are often told that their ideas are childish and wrong just as Alice was. The reader can see that Alice understands that all of the creatures in Wonderland are wrong. "Nevertheless there is in her world the underlying joyful certainty that they are incompetent, absurd, and only a pack of cards after all (Hubbell 109)."

In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carroll shows the ridiculous nature of adults through his extraordinary characters. The amiable Cheshire Cat is the only character to help Alice in her struggle through Wonderland and admit that he is mad. "Oh you can't help that, we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad (Carroll )." All other characters are pointlessly didactic and feel the need to constantly snap at her, preach to her, confuse her, or ignore her. The Duchess, for instance, is inconsistent, unpleasant, pointless, and is of no help to Alice in her predicament. " flamingoes and mustard both bite. And the moral of that is Birds of a feather flock together (Carroll )." Many children see adults, especially those that are of authority, as having the same nature as the Duchess. The arbitrary , bloody Queen of Hearts is an
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