ey Weiss Miss JenkinsAdvanced English 11 5 January 2018 Alice’s True Adventure. Logic will get you from point A to point B. imaginationwill take you anywhere. In the story Alice’sAdventure in Wonderland and through the looking glass written by LewisCarroll, Alice uses her imagination to create a fantasy world where inanimateobjects come to life and characters do and say crazy things. The author usesthe idea of real vs. imaginary to present different themes. Youth, exploration,and madness are a few of the most prominate themes through the story.
Youth is known as a timewhen an individual explores the infinite realm of possibilities. Childhood ispraised, not exactly as a period of innocence, but more as a state ofpossibility. Alice is portrayed as a young girl, who throughout the story neverloses her youth no matter her change in size. For example, Alice says, “But then,” thought Alice, “shall Inever get any older than I am now? That’ll be a comfort, one way – never to bean old woman – but then – always to have lessons to learn! Oh, I shouldn’t likethat!” (Carroll, 45).The Author is trying to get across the message that eternallyyouth is not impossible. Alice Adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass is theexploration of an impossible fantasyland.
You can also say that Alice exploresher mind, language and the limits of reason and knowledge. An example of Alice’sexploration is, “Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying underthe table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words”EAT ME” were beautifully marked in currants.” Well, I’ll eatit,” said Alice, “and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach thekey; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door: so either wayI’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens!” (Carroll, 19).Alicedisregarded all possible consequences to get the most out of her exploration ofher fantasy world.
The last theme present by the idea of reality Vs.Imaginary is madness. Some people consider madness to be the explanation forall things silly, curious, or crazy, not simplify the opposite of sanity.Throughout the story, Alice needs to deal with the madness of other around herand her own madness. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Aliceremarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re allmad here. I’m mad. You’re mad. “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.”You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here(Carroll, 74) the author causes the character to have mad personalities thatteach Alice lessons using their behaviors. In the story Aliceadventures in wonderland and through the looking glass, present the idea ofReality vs.
Imaginary. Along with this idea comes the most important themes inthe story, youth, exploration, and madness. Lewis Carroll uses this fantasylandto explore the minds of all youth.