Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

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Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and a follow up novel “Through the Looking Glass”. Lewis was born on the 27th of January, 1832 under the name Charles
Lutwidge Dodgson. He is most famous for his writing style of lyrical nonsense in his works. “In
1856 Carroll met Alice Liddell, the four-year-old daughter of the head of
Christ Church. During the next few years Carroll often made up stories for Alice and her sisters.
In July 1862, while on a picnic with the Liddell girls, Carroll recounted the adventures of a little girl who fell into a rabbit hole. Alice asked him to write the story out for her. his works Carroll has many different literary focuses in this novel. Such as his theme behind his headlining
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There are several themes in Lewis’ work. One of the most important is growing up.
The thought of “growing up” is present frequently because Alice grows in size several times such as “she was beginning to grow larger again, and she thought at first she would get up and leave the court; but on second thought she decided to remain where she was as long as there was room for her”(Carroll 110) and when she notices either edible items or drinks that are labeled
“Eat me” or “Drink me” which causes her to grow at immense rates to very large or unusually small heights. “She got up and went to the table to measure herself by it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she was now about two feet high, and was going on shrinking rapidly.”(Carroll 17) Sarah McIntire writes “Alice thinks that she has grown up, but only physically — the concept of maturity never seems to cross her mind.”(McIntire) Alice never truly matures in the novel. She believes that in the end, It was all really a dream stating, when her sister wakes her, “It was a curious dream, dear, certainly”(Carroll 122) Lewis wrote this way based on his current image of Alice(As a little girl) And therefore forever cemented the world’s image of Alice as a child. Another theme in the novel is Identity. Alice is confused through the novel about everything
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