Applying Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll to the Mind

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The classic stories “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll consist of dreamlike adventures in a crazy world of nonsense. However this nonsense can be deciphered into a complex new system of thinking. This way of thinking can be transferred and directly applied to the mind. How the mind works, its many varying functions, and lastly the unconscious mind can all be tied to Alice. The unconscious mind can be compared to Alice, as can a dreamlike state of mind. In the first book Lewis Carroll wrote, it never states that Alice is dreaming. It does infer that she is, though, by way of saying it was a warm day, which would make one drowsy. You can imagine slowly drifting off and all of the sudden …show more content…

So in her unconscious mind, she creates a new world of her own, filled to the brim with nonsense. As she goes on to explore it, her adventures lead her to the conclusion that society has these rules for a reason. Alice appears to be more mature at the end of this dream, showing you can learn from yourself, through your unconscious mind.
The part of the brain that controls dreams is called the Pons. This region of brain near the base of the skull transports information to the thalamus, which controls the learning and thinking aspects of the brain. Sigmund Freud believed that dreams acted as a “safety valve” for desires. This could mean that Alice truly wanted a world of ridiculousness, but knew better, but just had to prove it to herself, subconsciously. Thus, it was like a safety net, because she never really did any of the nonsensical things, but still learned from it. (NINDS)
To put it in a way, we ARE Alice. We can be relatively compared to her, psychologically. Alice is confused in her mind, and hates the way things are. She doesn’t see the reason behind some things. We can be that way about things at times. Alice learned from her dreams though, before she went berserk. This happens to us too, in a way. It may not be in a dream, but in any type of sudden realization, about what we could not understand before, now makes sense with new information. Once we realize something, we can use it to our use. Once Alice

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