Ideology In Alice In Wonderland

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“The Ideology behind Life, Imagination and Adventure” “Children’s literature should not be condescended to. One reason is this: some very good children’s poems and stories – not all, or even most, but some – excite in young minds (and old ones, too) perplexities that can’t be assuaged by merely passing on information, even information of a very sophisticated sort. These perplexities demand to be worried over, and worked through, and discussed, and reasoned out, and linked up with each other, and with life.” (Matthews, 1976) According to Peter Hunt, “children's literature is a prominent field of writing; it is one of the origins of western culture, it is enjoyed passionately by adults as well as children, and it has exercised great skills over 100s of years.” (Reader 1, p: 13).The study of literature is…show more content…
In fact, the most obvious theme that can be found in the novel is the theme of growing up. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an allegory for how the one develops from childhood to adulthood. ”Alice is engaged in a romance quest for her own identity and growth, for some understanding of logic, rules, the games people play, authority, time and death.” (www.bbc.com) Lewis Carroll adored the unprejudiced and innocent way young children approach the world. With Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he wanted to describe how a child sees our adult world, including all of the (in the eyes of a child silly and arbitrary) rules and social etiquette we created for ourselves, as well as the ego's and bad habits we have developed during our lives. The novel represents the child's struggle to survive in the confusing world of adults. But during the journey through wonderland, Alice learns to understand the adult world somewhat more. In fact, she is growing
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