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Maddy Littman Cuthbertson COLI 214B November, 16 2015 Similarities between Carroll and Rowling At first glance, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have very little in common. However, at a closer look, there are interesting correspondences between these two authors. For Carroll, as for Rowling, language and wordplay are very important, particularly in the creation of a magical world. There are several different connections between these works, including the importance of naming and names, how the reader is being set up to define the ‘magical’ world. For Lewis Carroll, names are very important. All the meanings of a word can come into play, and in Wonderland this definition extends to personal names. In Alice in Wonderland, most of the creatures Alice meets do not have personal names, or rather their personal name and general name coincide; their name is informing us what they are. The white rabbit’s name is White Rabbit, the mouse is called Mouse and the dodo is called Dodo. All through her journey in Wonderland, the question that poses most problems to Alice is who she is. To the caterpillar’s demanding question “Who are you?”
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  • Fall '12
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  • Alice in Wonderland, Alice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, J. K. Rowling, Lewis Carroll

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