Alice In Wonderland

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In Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, daydreams make a significant impact on Alice's life. As Alice daydreams, she is in fact learning important lessons that help her change and grow--actually mature. The theme that every experience, whether real or imagined, contributes to one's maturity is brought out through characterization and symbolism in the novel.

Lewis Carroll, otherwise known as C. L. Dodgson was born in 1832. Carroll was one of eleven children in his family so an imagination was almost necessary. His father was a country pastor, so Carroll had a quiet childhood. After college, Carroll became a noted mathematician and then a fellow of the Christ Church at twenty-one. The girl that was most influential on Carroll's writing of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland was Alice Liddell. Daughter of the Dean of the Christ Church, Carroll often spent time with her family. After telling her the story of a girl falling down a rabbit hole and all that she found there, Carroll was prompted to write this wonderfully imaginative story down.

"Nobody but an unusually learned man could have done it" (Hubbell). This became on of the most celebrated children's books of all time, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. (NCLC 105) One learns about Alice and her unique experiences through direct characterization. Carroll takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of Alice's adventures through her elaborate dreams. Alice is described in the novel as being very youthful. Though it is obvious through Carroll using direct characterization that she is really young, she is dying to grow up. She tends to dream so that she feels more mature and up to par with her older, and sometimes wiser, family. She tries to adapt to her surroundings. Even when people are not around she tries to talk and act proper;...