Differences Between Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the L

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At the mention of the name Alice, one tends to usually think of the children's stories by Lewis Carroll. Namely, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are two classic works of children's literature that for over a century have been read by children and adults alike. These two stories tell the tale of a young girl named Alice who finds herself in peculiar surroundings, where she encounters many different and unusual characters. Although Alice is at the centre of both stories, each tale is uniquely different in its purpose, characters and style.

Carroll first published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, three years after he had first told the story to the young girl Alice Liddell and her sisters, following
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The Queen always seems one step ahead of Alice, similar to what a child feels in an "adult" world. Carroll continues to express the tyranny of adulthood through Alice's encounters and journey. She soon learns that becoming a Queen was not all she had anticipated it to be.

This growth to adulthood is not as evident in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, rather it is in Wonderland that Carroll conveys adulthood from a child's perspective. This is evident in the way the characters interact with Alice, in that they are always telling her what to do. Through this book, Carroll communicates a real insightful and intuitive view of how children think. In a very illogical world, Alice continues to think logically.

Another characteristic primarily found in Through the Looking Glass is the playing with language and the word games that Carroll uses. Although this is evident in both stories, Carroll seems to really use word games in the second story to create humour. When Alice enters the garden of live flowers, she finds that the flowers can speak to her. Here, Carroll demonstrates his ability to play with language through their conversations. Speaking of the tree in the middle of the garden, the flowers respond to Alice. " ‘It could bark', said the Rose. ‘It says Bough-Wough!' cried the Daisy: ‘ that's why its branches are called boughs!'" (208) This use of word games can also be found in Alice's encounter with Humpty Dumpty, a well-known nursery rhyme

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