Reliable because they are neutral about the character However language is not

Reliable because they are neutral about the character

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Reliable because they are neutral about the character However, language is not neutral, so depending on the language used your view on the story changes, therefore there isn’t really a neutral narrator but this is the closest thing you get
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Alice in Wonderland - Written in 1863, published in 1865 - When it was first published it was popular - The tale manages to create things that stick with us, it is embedded in our culture - Story was written in the Victorian age, - They believe that childhood was a time of innocence, but a time of childish wisdom (children can see the truth that adults cannot). They wanted to preserve this childhood and innocence. - Nostalgia of childhood is represented by the Alice’s sister near the end and also the mock turtle - Little girl were supposed to be sweet and innocence, they were to be protected form the roughness of the world to retain that sweetness and innocence so that when they become adults they can pass this traits to their children. Girls were angel’s of the house, a loving wife. - It was normal for men to hang out with little girls, take them out to tea, give them gifts, and write them long letters. - Since it is dream, almost everything is symbolic - Alice in wonderland is a text that is so open to interpretation - Parody: the imitation for creating effects o Puns: Examples: the mouse telling about his tale (mock the mouse’s tail) pg. 28 - Lewis Carol is his pen name, his real name is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1) Parody 2) Puns 3) Logical Puzzles 4) Linguistic Puzzles What the novel is about: - Not about growing up - The novel is about maturing - Little girls are supposed to be sweet, innocent, timid, gentle, modest - What is Alice like? Bossy Brave Caring Interrupts Likes to be the centre of attention Officious Know-it-all Boastful; constantly trying to show her knowledge Not innocent, but naïve Violent; likes to frighten the other animals She is unlikable at the beginning of the story, is she unlikable in the end? Ignorant Impulsive - Alice misses her cat when she drops into wonderland, not her family (she’s only seven years old) - Personal identity Moral agency Meaning of the word “I”: My body Self - Persistence over time Actually persistence over change First put out in print by Plutarch Ship of Theseus Paradox - 2 major positions/definition of the word I: Descartes:
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believed that the knowledge of self is automatic, we already know it. Self = thing, qualities Soul = brain/mind He thinks that there are qualities that persist over time, and it never changes We are a container, we loose qualities, we gain qualities but the container is always going to be the same - But we change over time, from the moment we are born, we grow up, we develop, we change - Self = bundle of qualities A problem with the view: consider Locke’s notion of how we look at the cell - Alice: Wonders who she is Goes through this abrupt physical changes, small & big
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  • Spring '16
  • Van Styvendale
  • Alice in Wonderland, Alice, Fairy tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Sir John, Little Red Riding Hood

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