Essay on Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll’s fascinating novel Alice in Wonderland, published in 1865, was foremost intended to entertain and pleasure children with a new outlook on the ability to imagine and explore one’s creative mind. Alice is not only just a character in a book, but a dear friend to Mr. Carroll. She inspired and encouraged Carroll to first tell the original story and further publish the tale into the enduring classic, Alice in Wonderland. In the novel Alice experiences the adventure of a lifetime after falling down a large rabbit-hole in her family’s pasture, bored and curious one summer’s day. Once Alice enters Wonderland a number of strange and confusing events take place, such as: crying a pool of tears, advice from a caterpillar, meeting the …show more content…
Since a young child Lewis Carroll “conducted an ardent search for beauty—in drawings and paintings, on the stage, in the elegance of mathematical proofs, in the mysteries of the Bible and the works of God, in nature, in literature, and in the minds and hearts of children” (Cohen 147). In 1856 photography became Carroll’s latest hobby in which he found that children were his favorite subjects, due to their innocence and pure beauty. For more than a decade Carroll photographed young girls in the nude, simply with permission from their mother and father. Annie and Frances Henderson were Carroll’s main two subjects. The two would spend many hours together at Carroll’s, either taking pictures or enjoying a nice picnic together; Carroll also photographed Mrs. Henderson in “the clothing of choice” (Cohen 171). Appreciating children did not end with his photography; he would enjoy precious moments telling stories and getting to know his dear friends. The same year Carroll started his photography he met Alice Pleasance Liddell, daughter of Henry George Liddell¬ Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, when she was merely four years old. Brusquely after, Carroll formed a relationship with all three Liddell daughters: Alice, Lorina, and Edith. Carroll’s relationship with the Liddell family was very relaxed, with only an

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