Reality In Alice's Adventures In Wonderland By Lewis Carroll

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Have you ever had a dream that felt real? Have you ever not been able to wakeup from it? Imagine being in a dream that you are unable to wakeup from, and then you realize that dream is actually reality. This is the case for Alice in Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice falls into a large-rabbit hole and finds herself in a whole other world. The classic novel has won many awards and has been the inspiration to many movies, plays and comic books. Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, portrays direct correlations between the author’s life and the Victorian era.
Lewis Carroll was born January 27, 1832 in Cheshire, England to Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Ludwidge. His father was a clergyman
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A major connection between the Victorian era and the novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would be the fast-paced lifestyle. The Harried White Rabbit is the first character Alice meets who is a “desperate slave to his watch and busy schedule” (Rackin 6). The Harried White Rabbit in the novel reflects the life of the factory workers during the era. The Rabbit says, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late! …Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat pocket and looked at it, and then hurried on” (Carroll 2). The worriedness of the Rabbit represents the rush of factory workers to get to work during the 1800’s. At another point of the novel during the Tea Party the Rabbit also says, “it’s always 6 o’clock now” (Carroll 82). Six o’clock was the quitting time of the factory workers and once they were off work they were free to do whatever they wanted until the next day when it was time to report back to work. Racklin writes, “in a sense the Alice books are about revolution in that they present a funny but anxious vision of an entire middle-class world turned upside down” (8). During the Victorian era the middle class people often lived lives of a set structure, in the “Wonderland” there is anything but …show more content…
Select themes from the novel are also present today. The prevalent themes of self-identity and growing up found in the novel can correlate to the world today. Self-identity in the novel can be best be exemplified when the other characters in the novel ask her to identify herself, she hesitates as if she is questioning her own identity. When Alice drinks potions to change her mental state of mind and physical appearances. As Alice changes her physical state she finds it to be very confusing and has no explanation. In today’s world the usage of drugs continually rises, the drugs are used to experience a temporary high that just life Alice changes this emotional state. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland shows the child’s struggle to last in the perplex world of adults. Upon entering the “Wonderland” Alice encounters a way of living that quite different then what she is used to, thus having her adjust her whole lifestyle to fit into society. In society today children are forced to grow up at such a young age and have a ton of pressure to be successful to survive in the world. The expectations of children today are beyond what it should be and thus, Lewis Carroll writes, “everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it”

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