4 The Cheshire Cat appears to be Alices only friend Consider the cats qualities

4 the cheshire cat appears to be alices only friend

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4. The Cheshire Cat appears to be Alice’s only friend. Consider the cat’s qualities, abilities and personality. Does the Cheshire Cat possess features Alice needs to develop, or are the two very much alike?... - Throughout her adventure, Alice is aggressive without being confident. - Thesis: The Cheshire cat teaches Alice to be independent - P2: Alice is aggressive; scaring animals with Dinah, kicks Bill, is rude at the tea party (hard to find places in the novel that she isn’t rude) - P3: in spite of her hostility, Alice lacks confidence; doubting who she is, pool of tears (breaks down in self-pity, almost drowns), unsure of her previously known lessons, the way she takes advice from everyone - P4: The Cheshire cat has the confidence that Alice lacks; no fear at game, calm in Duchess’s house, always grinning - P5: The Cheshire cat apparently gives Alice direction
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- P6: More subtly, the Cheshire cat gives Alice the confidence to be independent; 5. Explore one episode/chapter in the text that you consider thematically crucial. 6. Some argue that nonsense relies on an assumption of stability and sense. Do you agree? Does Wonderland possess any kind of pattern, rule or stable feature? 7. Many readers note that while Alice never seems to fear death, she—and many of the other inhabitants of Wonderland—often fear Wonderland’s powerful figures. What are they afraid of? 8. Does this novel contain a critique of the Victorian structure of social class?
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  • Fall '19
  • Alice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat

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