Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Essay

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An analysis of language features present in Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland which make it effective for children

"You see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things were really impossible", and that is the appeal of "Wonderland"; the confines of reality, which children are unaware of and adults resent, do not exist. The story is therefore, for both ages, a form of escapism, however, whereas the adults' "Wonderland" is limited to the page for a child it is enchantingly plausible and they are able to enjoy the magical anticipation of the landscapes and characters that exist beyond the bounds of the text.

For the aforementioned reason fantasy has been a successful
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It is also reinforced by the generally simple lexis and syntax, the presence of phonetic effect such as rhyme and alliteration and the fast pace of the story which prevents a young listener losing interest.

Carroll never stays with one idea for longer than is necessary; when Alice falls down the rabbit hole the narrator says "Down, down, down.", this is an example of triadism which is often present is children's literature because the repetition focuses the child's concentration and the third repetition gives a pleasanter rhythm however, Carroll also uses it to give the impression of a great distance without being verbose.

Upon Alice's landing of the story's pace is increased by the use of the dynamic verbs "jumped" and "looked", this change of pace and sense of action ensures that the child's interest is renewed which is important as children have short attention spans. There are several other techniques deployed for this reason; the typography plays an extremely important role however, although there are enchanting illustrations throughout "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (see an example on the left) several of the typographical features, which I would expect to be present, are missing. For instance the first paragraph of the section I have chosen to analyse takes up over three quarters of the page; such a large block of text
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