Alice In Wonderland Essay

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,Stephanie Hoffman Mr. McCabe English 9G/5 15 February 2002 Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, is an example of nonsense literature. Lewis Carroll was a very interresting man. He was a mathmatician, and he was an expert at logic. Although he loved logic he used the opposite, illogic, in writing this book. Carroll's real name was Charles Dodgson.He was born in 1832. He changed his name when writing this book so his reputation wouldn't be ruined. Carroll lived in Oxford, England. He taught at Christ Church for thirty years (1850-1880). He also attended school there. His plan was to become a preist, but he ended up not becoming one. He also never got married. Carroll got the idea for this book while working at Christ Church. He always taught in the library which looked into the beautiful garden that Alice and her two sisters played in. While he taught he sat and watched them play. Alice was the daughter of Dean Liddell, the dean of Christ Church. Carroll liked to photograph little girls. Nothing bad was ever repoted though because taking pictures just brought him back to his childhood. He never did anything bad to the girls. He took many pictures of Alice, and he became quite good friends with her family. He went on a canoe trip with the Dean and his three children once. He told them a story based on Christ Church, and the main character was Alice. She liked the story so much that she wanted Carroll to write the story down for her. He wrote it down and gave it to her for a Christmas present. The origional title of the book was, Alice's Adventures Underground.Carroll's friend drew all the pictures in the book, and his friend also knew a publisher so his book was published and it became a very big success. It's the second best seller in the world (with the Bible being the first best seller.) The whole book is making fun of Victorian England and the Victorian Era (1837-1900). Queen Victoria was queen at the time. The religion of the people was mostly Puritian. Under the Puritian religion all enjoyment of any sort was considered a sin. Many people enjoyed this book. Children liked it because it was nonsence, it was funny, and they enjoyed the characters. Adults enjoyed the book because of all the hidden meanings and it also took them back to their childhood. Throughout the book Alice encounters many characters. First, she sees a rabbit in the garden. His character is nonsence because he can talk and he is...

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