As a work of fiction

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As a work of fiction,  Alice  lacks the conventional story line that we normally associate with a  coherent, unified tale. Yet reading  Alice  does not leave us with a sense of incompleteness;  Alice  is  far more than merely a series of disconnected episodes. In fact,  Alice  is told in the form of a dream; it  is the story of Alice's dream, told in the third person point-of-view. Because Carroll chose a dream as  the structure for his story, he was free to make fun of and satirize the multitudes of standard Victorian  didactic maxims in children's literature.  Alice  lacks a "morally good" heroine and meaning; instead of  Carroll's making an ethical point about each of her adventures (and showing how "good little girls"  should behave in a situation just described),  Alice  parodies the instructive, solemn verse which filled  Victorian children's books, verses which children were made to 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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