alice in wonderland essay - 1 Miss Kienzl April 7, 2007...

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1 Miss Kienzl April 7, 2007 Academic English 12-3 Search for Identity During the times of Victorian England divisions of social classes and society existed. In this period of time, people of dignity and prestige embodied the upper class. Contrastingly, the lesser class people, mainly composed of the poor, were not held in as high of regard as the wealthier community. Additionally, many novels of this time reflect the diversities and separation of classes through the division of its characters. Lewis Carroll, a writer of this time, uses his imaginative writing style and vivid characters to correspond to the social classes of Victorian England. In both of his most famous novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass , Carroll depicts a world “ruled by elaborate conventions of chivalry with monarchs and nobilities and feudal retainers” (Spacks 119). In these worlds Carroll creates, he presents the social classes of Victorian England with his elaborate characters throughout Wonderland and the Looking Glass world. Both of Carroll’s stories go against conventional thinking and suggest irrational thinking not held by any restrictions of ordinary logic. In her adventures, Alice, the main protagonist, encounters each of the social classes Carroll creates in his stories and gains a sense of understanding from each of these classes. Initially when Alice falls through a hole while chasing a white rabbit, she cannot remember her true identity and feels as if she possesses another person’s character. In 2
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass , narrations by Lewis Carroll, the author illustrates the search for identity with the central character, Alice, through her interactions with the other characters, her strong sense of curiosity, and the symbols present in her journey. Mainly to parallel Alice’s own characteristics and her search for identity, Carroll utilizes the characters of Wonderland. The Caterpillar, a prominent character Carroll employs, reflects Alice’s ability to grow and change. Alice states that someday the Caterpillar will know what his destiny holds for him when he must “turn into a chrysalis – he will someday know – and after that into a butterfly” (Carroll 49). This idea of a changing creature mirrors Alice’s own growth as a person. The caterpillar must “go through a sort of death to become grown-up, and then seems a more spiritual creature” (Empson 112). Alice travels through an equivalent transformation in her adventure by gaining a stronger understanding of her individual. Likewise, before Alice fully grows-up and recognizes her character, part of her must depart or die for her final identity to take
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Leopold during the Spring '08 term at Community College of Allegheny County.

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