Advanced English 11
5 January 2018
Alice’s True Adventure.
Logic will get you from point A to point B. imagination
will take you anywhere. In the story Alice’s
Adventure in Wonderland and through the looking glass written by Lewis
Carroll, Alice uses her imagination to create a fantasy world where inanimate
objects come to life and characters do and say crazy things. The author uses
the 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 time
when an individual explores the infinite realm of possibilities. Childhood is
praised, not exactly as a period of innocence, but more as a state of
possibility. Alice is portrayed as a young girl, who throughout the story never
loses her youth no matter her change in size.
For example, Alice says, “But then,” thought Alice, “shall I
never get any older than I am now? That’ll be a comfort, one way – never to be
an old woman – but then – always to have lessons to learn! Oh, I shouldn’t like
that!” (Carroll, 45).The Author is trying to get across the message that eternally
youth is not impossible.
Alice Adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass is the
exploration of an impossible fantasyland. You can also say that Alice explores
her mind, language and the limits of reason and knowledge. An example of Alice’s
exploration is, “Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under
the 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 eat
it,” said Alice, “and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the
key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door: so either way
I’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens!” (Carroll, 19).Alice
disregarded all possible consequences to get the most out of her exploration of
her fantasy world.
The last theme present by the idea of reality Vs.
Imaginary is madness. Some people consider madness to be the explanation for
all things silly, curious, or crazy, not simplify the opposite of sanity.
Throughout the story, Alice needs to deal with the madness of other around her
and her own madness. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice
remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all
mad 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 that
teach Alice lessons using their behaviors.
In the story Alice
adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass, present the idea of
Reality vs. Imaginary. Along with this idea comes the most important themes in
the story, youth, exploration, and madness. Lewis Carroll uses this fantasyland
to explore the minds of all youth.