By Lewis Carroll
First released in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was once a right away good fortune, as was once its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Carroll’s experience of the absurd and his awesome present for video games of common sense and language have secured for the Alice books an everlasting spot within the hearts of either adults and children.
Alice starts off her adventures while she follows the frantically not on time White Rabbit down a gap into the paranormal global of Wonderland, the place she meets quite a few incredible creatures, together with Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts—who, with assistance from her enchanted deck of cards, methods Alice into taking part in a strange online game of croquet. Alice keeps her adventures in during the Looking-Glass, that is loosely according to a video game of chess and contains Carroll’s recognized poem “Jabberwocky.”
Throughout her remarkable trips, Alice keeps her cause, humor, and experience of justice. She has develop into one of many nice characters of resourceful literature, as immortal as Don Quixote, Huckleberry Finn, Captain Ahab, Sherlock Holmes, and Dorothy Gale of Kansas.
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Additional resources for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
The adult舗s quest is an inverted one: to find those desires again, in more reasonable forms舒and this involves forgetting the original childhood desires (to become an adult) in order to remember them as an adult. The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips notes: 舠Freud is not really saying that we are really children, but that the sensual intensities of childhood cannot be abolished, that our ideals are transformed versions of childhood pleasures. Looking forward . . is a paradoxical form of looking back.
Alice and Looking-Glass are nineteenth-century works; they regard disorder and chaos as problems to be tucked away in regressive moments of dreaming and remembering. And yet, as Ian Hacking points out, the problems of one century become the solutions of the next. The dangers of possibility and chaos in the nineteenth century become the immutable laws of chance and uncertainty in the twentieth. Determinism erodes throughout both books: The world becomes a place not where things happened but where fantastic things might have happened.
All this follows upon Alice舗s seeing a 舠regular bee舡 that was quite irregular: 舠in fact, it was an elephant舡 (p. 177). These cross-pollinated creatures are sui generis beings who resemble another strange creature in Carroll舗s works: the portmanteau word舒the highly individuated, one-of-a-kind linguistic phenomenon that is predictably unreliable at communicating meaning. Like most things whose actions are improbable, such creatures can hardly be believed. They appear to be governed neither by rule nor by law.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Lewis Carroll