Alice in Wonderland Study Guide

Alice in Wonderland Study Guide

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September 7th 2004 by Gramercy Books (first published 1865)
London, England, 1866, Wonderland
ISBN 0517223627 (ISBN13: 9780517223628)

Lewis Carroll imagination has produced one of the most fascinating children fantasy stories of all times. Despite his impaired physical appearance, Carroll discovered a talent to animate children having been baby-sitting his younger sisters and brothers.

Ever since that time Lewis loved being around children and entertaining them. While teaching at Oxford, the author met Henry George Liddell family. One of his daughters will later become an inspiration for little curious Alice in the “Alice Adventures in the Wonderland”.

Surprisingly enough, what we love the book for today used to be the main reason for criticizing it when the manuscript was first published: extravagant creatures, unimaginable reality, nonsense dialogues, sophisticated plot, silly pleasures, satirical heroes and pure fantasy.

Today it is doomed an iconic example of a literary nonsense genre. Moreover, it is used by psychologists and scientists as a basis for cognitive and brain imagination research.

The story begins with a little girl chasing a talking rabbit who seems to be in a great hurry. The chase ends with falling into a parallel reality through a rabbit hole. The road to return home lies through a fantastical world inhabited by magical creatures, unusual encounters and riddles.

From Alice changing her size to fit into the magical garden to babies who turn into little pigs and perpetual tea-time party that never ends – each chapter of the story will surprise you more and more.

Caroll’s background in math and religious studies added witty tricks and interesting turns to the story. Maybe that’s why adult readers are also very much interested in the book. Combined with a myriad of mad but cute heroes, such as smiling Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar smoking a hookah, White Rabbit, a Duchess and a Queen of Hearts playing croquet, the book has become an endless source of interpretations.

Let yourself dive in to the nostalgia of the careless childhood, total unity with the nature, lightheartedness and absolute curiosity for the world around you.

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