Lewis Carroll 's Alice 's Adventures Essay

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There are an array of fascinating secondary characters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Many of whom have been able to capture various generations’ imagination over the years and inspire countless different adaptations. One character seemingly shines and stands out above the rest, and that is the Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat plays an important role in storyline, but also to Alice herself. Throughout the novel the Cheshire Cat is a representation of Alice’s conscious mind in the dream world she finds herself.
The dictionary definition of consciousness is “a person’s mind and thoughts” (Merriam-Webster) or “the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings” (Merriam-Webster). Though we are not aware that Alice’s adventures are all a dream until the end of the story, “’Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!’ said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about;” (Carroll 139), it is clear throughout the novel that Alice has trouble making sense of her surroundings. She is outside herself, demonstrated when she continuously grows smaller and taller and when she isn’t even sure in her identity. “’I-I hardly know, sir, just at present-at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then’” (Carroll 45). In her adventure Alice wrestles with her sense of awareness, both within herself and her…

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