Essay about Alice in Wonderland Dream Analysis

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Dream Analysis of Alice in Wonderland
Who’s who and what’s real; are we who we claim we are, and is reality really real or is everything just a fragment of what we think is the universe?

A dream sequence is a technical term used mostly in film and television to set apart a brief interlude from the main story. (Wikipedia) The deeper lying theme that Carroll wanted to incorporate into his story of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, in my opinion, was not his psychological or sexual desire for Alice Liddell. What he did mean to express by writing these stories was his innermost desire to escape from reality in which a relationship between he and Liddell was not allowed to a fantasy land where everything is backwards
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As if confusing his readers once with the dream versus reality mumbo-jumbo, as it is seen that way in context of Alice’s adventures in the Wonderland, Carroll further supports his theory of double universe within a single life span in Through the Looking Glass. When Alice and her two short-lived companions, the Tweedle brothers, approach a sleeping Red King, the Tweedle brothers announce that the King is dreaming. They inform Alice that the Red King is dreaming about her, and Alice claims that she is not a fragment of his imagination, for she is a real human being. Carroll is really great at these existential issues, whether we really exist in one universe or not. The annotation for the quote “Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!” suggests that Carroll had been influenced by Bishop Berkeley, and that other writers have used this kind of circular paradoxical theme in other works as well. The annotation in the book mentions a James Branch Cabell, who created a paradox consisting only of dreams in one of his works. Jorge Luis Borges, the author of Ficciones, used this method that basically questions our entire existence on this planet. His short story entitled The Circular Ruins in Ficciones is about a wizard who creates a boy in his dream, who, with the help of the God of Fire, will not burn in fire because he is not real. The wizard ends up finding out that he is, too, unreal, for his skin does not burn when he walks into the fire. Borges referred to

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