Analysis Of The Book ' Alice 's Adventures '

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a novel by Charles Dodgson, better known under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll to his readers. Published in 1865, the novel centers around a young girl’s lively adventures in a fantastical dream world. She falls into this world after she sees a rabbit with a pocket watch and waistcoat running through her yard and then follows him down a rabbit hole. Although marketed as a children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has remained a mainstay with children and adults for well over one hundred and fifty years. Adults and children today can see the faults of government and society with Carroll’s use of logical nonsense to satirize Victorian era society, morality, and their sense of justice. One…show more content…
This time was better known as “Pax Britannica,” and the entire country prospered throughout Queen Victoria’s reign. The country not only expanded its territories, but it also increased its military and other industries. By the time of Alice’s publication, Great Britain was the world’s foremost superpower. The country’s expanded railway system gave the people of Great Britain their first chance to explore each other’s cultures and traditions. The British people were imperialists at heart, and extremely hierarchal. Lower classes readily acknowledged that the higher classes were, in fact, superior to themselves. Although hardly noticeable in today’s age of cartoons and CGI, Victorians were surprised that most of the animals in Wonderland wear human clothing, speak as humans, and behave as humans. Carroll intended that Alice represent a normal, upper class British girl; a stark contrast to the creatures she discovers in Wonderland. Alice, like the British imperialists she represents, enters Wonderland rudely and without hesitation, down the White Rabbit’s hole and through his home. The creatures in Wonderland are an alien race to her, as those living in British territories were to the British people. Instead of attempting to learn the ways of Wonderland society and culture, Alice repeatedly attempts to force her own beliefs and ways onto those she meets, manifesting the Victorian
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