Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By: Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandSummary This novel is about a little girl that follows a rabbit until she falls down a hole. She wanders through gardens and woods to find her way about the mysterious place, but cannot figure out the trick. Which is exactly what it was, a trick. While asleep on her sister's lap, Alice dreamed about all of these creatures and things happening to her. She struggled with her identity and her maturity in her dream as well as trying to get back home. After realizing it was just a dream, she felt more secure and enjoyed the adventure she had in Wonderland.
Literary Devices:Allusion • Allusion- an implied or indirect reference to a person, event, or thing or to a part of another text (Encyclopedia.com “Allusion”) • Carroll included many references to poems and nursery rhymes to help the reader relate and enjoy the humor of including these other literature pieces. • He used allusion in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland when he included references like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “How Doth the Little Busy Bee,” and “The Old Man’s Comfort” to show how Alice had forgotten such simple things. • He used allusion in Through the Looking Glass when he referred to “Tweedledeeand Tweedledum,” “Humpty Dumpty,” and “The Lion and the Unicorn” when Alice met all these characters to show the fiction of the story.
Characterization • Characterization- the way the author presents a character (Academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu “Literary Terms”) • He does this to show the unrealistic, fun side of the fiction novel • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll gives human traits to a deck of cards to show that it is simply a game. • In Through the Looking Glass, Alice compares her animals to characters in her dreams because they have the same aspects.
Tone • Tone- writer’s attitude toward the material and/or readers (Academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu “Literary Terms”) • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, he uses tone to create a playful scene such as when Alice jokes about the bravery of falling down steps because she has survived a long hole. • In Through the Looking Glass, makes humor about how Alice is in the mirror and what people will think showing carelessness and the thrill of the Looking-Glass House.
Novel Review I enjoyed reading Alice's Adventures in Wonder because it was very interesting and gave insight to a very different world. Both novels will make a reader wonder what life would be like if inanimate objects have human characteristics. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was unrealistic, yet could be related to. it described the curiosity of a young child and how it got her into a world of things she didn't know how to acknowledge or comprehend. She struggles with her identity and character as she follows a rabbit down a hole and tries relentlessly to get back home. As she encounters many creatures, she begins to realize it is all harmless and she wakes up from the dream. As young kids, we have experienced curiosity to a somewhat scary extent. Whether it would be riding a bike or swimming. It was a very interesting novel to absorb and imagine yourself being in.
Author Biography Lewis Carroll was born in England on January 27, 1932 as Charles Dodgson. He was very good at mathematics and received many scholarships for as he got older. He also enjoyed making up games and stories for young children. He comes from a family of eleven other siblings and he was used to entertaining them. Aside from lecturing, Carroll also wrote poetry and took up photography. Although he was not a very great speaker, he enjoyed telling stories to younger kids. He got his idea of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from a little girl named Alice who would listen to Carroll's made up tales of her adventures. She told him to write them down for her and so he did, giving him his first novel. The novel was so popular that Lewis Carroll decided to write a sequel to it, Through the Looking Glass. At the age of 66, Carroll died from a flu that had turned into pneumonia. He had left behind great stories for all children to read.
Other Novels & Poems • Through the Looking Glass • Jabberwocky • And many others included in his novels
Web Quest http://www.biblio.com/lewis-carroll~104249~author • Where was Lewis Carroll born? Cheshire, England • What is his real name? Charles Lutwidge Dodgson • What subject did he lecture/teach? Mathematics • What disability did Carroll have? A stammer • What talent did he take up in 1880? Photography
http://www.funtrivia.com/en/Literature/Carroll-Lewis-8882.htmlhttp://www.funtrivia.com/en/Literature/Carroll-Lewis-8882.html • What story did Carroll tell, but not write? The Sword in the Stone • Where did he first tell it? A boating trip • What country did he visit and write about? Russia • What other disability did he have? Epilepsy • Who illustrated Carroll's novels? W.W. Denslow
http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/school/summary1.htm • Where does the story begin? A riverbank • What does the rabbit do that catches Alice's attention? He checks his pocket watch • Who gives Alice advice on her size? The caterpillar • What does Alice battle at the end of the story? A deck of cards • How does she escape Wonderland? She realizes it was a dream
http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/school/summary2.html • How does Alice end up in the Looking-Glass House? She went through the mirror • What characters from a kid story does she meet? Tweedledum and Tweedledee • Who is the white queen? Alice's kitten • What does Alice do when she wakes up? Tries to make the kitten confess. • Who does Alice talk to? Her kitten
Works Cited • "Lewis Carroll Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 12 May 2012 <http://www.biography.com/people/lewis-carroll-9239598>. • "Literary Terms." Literary Terms. Web. 12 May 2012. <http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/lit_term.html>. • "Allusion". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 14 May. 2012. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/16658/allusion>.