Alice And The Wonderland Essay Research Paper

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Alice And The Wonderland Essay, Research Paper To millions around the world, Lewis Carroll?s ?Alice in Wonderland? is merely a childhood dreamland filled with riddles, fairy tails, and games without rules. However, to the trained eye, Alice?s world translates into much more than a child?s bedtime story. There are many undeniable patterns and connections seen throughout his story that are simply too radical to be mere coincidence. The story of Alice is both a mixture of contradictory patterns and a metaphor for growth. With the right train-of-thought and a little imagination, this otherwise straightforward fairy tale becomes a key to Carroll?s inner thoughts. Psychoanalysts have analyzed Alice in Wonderland since the early 1900?s. Psychoanalysis is,? the theory of the talking

cure.? In other words, it is used to help understand inner (subjective) meaning. Psychoanalysis was first used as a clinical practice to help people suffering from troubles without any organic cause. (Bokay 2) However, it has also proven very effective in uncovering subliminal motives in dreams, art, and literature. The following should not be looked at as definite concepts, but more like a key to help understand some popular interpretations of lewis? text. If the whole of Alice?s journey may be read both as a passage from the surface to the abyss and as an achievement, a hard conquest from the abyss to the surface, the leaven, the ?engine? of this twofold passage is to be found in the series of events which are written in Alice?s body. (Roncada 2) To grasp the concepts and to

fully understand underlying ideas in wonderland, it helps to think of wonderland as a real world with real rules. Non-law and a non-measure of Alice herself govern wonderland, which in turn results in a large amount of? nonsense. What is isn’t, what isn?t is, a very hard concept for young Alice to grasp at first. Alice morph?s from tall to short, from small to big, and always maintains her psychological and biological age. Her body (the engine) is disconnected from her physical life. (Roncada 4) Her body goes through four phases throughout this trip: 1) and unexpected growth/decrease 2) a growth/ decrease openly driven by the other characters 3) a growth/decrease manipulated by Alice (with bits of mushroom) 4) the spontaneous, self induced growth without the use of any object

(during the trial). (Roncada 4) This is the most obvious metaphor suggesting growth seen throughout Alice?s trip. Alice does not look for any explanation for her re-occurring metamorphic changes. To Alice, eating and drinking does not mean nourishment just as growing up does not mean maturing or getting old; it is only used for alteration. The use of food in this world is not incidental. In Wonderland there are many distinguishing factors between eating and drinking. The act of eating is not ?ritual?, it is necessary for Alice?s metamorphosis, it is a prize at the end of the Caucus race, and a never-ending punishment at the mad tea party. The food never becomes a real meal because it is broken into several snacks. (Roncada 6) Food categories are separated into liquid and solid

(which share the same result: grow shrink), raw and cooked, and sweet and salty. A fine example of this is during Alice?s first size change in the hall. When Alice drinks the liquid marked appropriately ?drink me? she states, ? It had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavor of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast.? This part entwines a number of distinct patterns contradicting each other. First off, the liquid assumes the flavor of solid food. Sweet (cherry-tart, custard, pineapple, toffee) and salty (roast turkey and hot buttered toast) stay together. Inside the ?sweet? category there are other contradictory patterns: toffee is solid and custard is non solid; cherry-tart, custard, roast turkey, and toffee are all cooked (or mixed) while