Introduction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Introduction to Alices Adventures in Wonderland

Introduction to Alices Adventures in WonderlandAP English2nd PeriodVictorian valuesWhat do we remember about the Victorian period from The Importance of Being Earnest?

How were children viewed and treated during this time?

What was childrens literature like in the Victorian period?Childrens literatureFairy TalesConsidered an innovation to childrens literature because of how it empathized with childrenVictorian era- child labor, compulsory educationPeter Pan, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, Winnie-the-PoohLittle Women, Tom Sawyer

What commonalities do you see in these books?How are they different from adult texts?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)Lewis Carroll is the pseudonym for Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, and one of the most beloved childrens authors of all time. Carroll had many physical deformities, including partial deafness and an irrepressible stammer, which made him uneasy around other adults.Carroll felt shy and reserved around adults but became animated and lively around children, to whom he told wildly imaginative stories.

Lewis CarrollCarrolls keen grasp of mathematics and logic inspired the linguistic humor and witty wordplay in his stories. Additionally, his unique understanding of childrens minds allowed him to compose imaginative fiction that appealed to young people.As an adult, Carroll continued to prefer the companionship of children to adults and tended to favor little girls. (More on this later)

The Real AliceIn 1856, Carroll became close with the Liddell children and met the girl who would become the inspiration for Alice, the protagonist of his two most famous books. It was in that year that classics scholar Henry George Liddell accepted an appointment as Dean of Christ Church, one of the colleges that comprise Oxford University, and brought his numerous children to live with him at Oxford.

The Real AliceLorina, Alice, and Edith Liddell quickly became Carrolls favorite companions and photographic subjects. During their frequent afternoon boat trips on the river, Carroll told the Liddells fanciful tales. Alice, the fourth of ten, quickly became Carrolls favorite of the girls, and he made her the subject of the stories that would later became Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Almost ten years after first meeting the Liddells, Carroll compiled the stories and submitted the completed manuscript for publication.

The real Alice

Myths about the textAll about drugs or can only be understood on drugsLewis Carroll was a pedophile

Alices Adventures in WonderlandYoung girl falls down a rabbit hole and goes on an adventure through the magical world known as Wonderland.Encounters many mystical animals and charactersMust face challengesNonsense literature TIoBE, what nonsense literature can you think of?Adaptations17 movie/video game/television series adaptationsDoesnt always follow the story; sometimes not even close

JabberwockyWritten by Lewis in 1871 as part of the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Considered one of the greatest nonsense poems in the history of the world

Has inspired numerous interpretations and adaptations


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