Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Review
Just like how Alice described them, her adventures were indeed “queer” and “curious”. As a teenager who’d read the book out of curiosity of Alice’s mishaps, it did spark my curiosity perfectly, other than being totally insane and out of the ordinary. I imagine this have been a good children’s book as it was bewildering yet fun and engaging, but it could also be a perfect piece for those above age. There are so many likely interpretations of this book that seem to tackle certain issues such as politics, society, or human psychology, and I think it’s a great eye-opener to what we don’t see even today. (Does the government we have now deserve their position, considering that, given in the book’s example, they are plain silly? Is society mad in its own way, when we have “businesses” to bother and not to bother? More importantly, is our general sanity resistive?)
Through the Looking Glass Review
Through the Looking Glass was more or less the same as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it was just that I found it much more interesting (and less “queer” too). There was a change of setting, set in a game of chess, where Alice got to meet a set of new characters like chess pieces, which led her to be a queen herself. As a reader response, I’d say that I enjoyed the children stories presented in this book as a young adult. However, if I were to really deconstruct the story of this novel, I’d say that Alice’s dreams fit at least one of the following causes:
1. Alice, as a seven-year old, is innocently imaginative with a young, bright mind.
2. Alice is creative and is fond of integrating all sorts of things in her imagination.
3. Alice does not know she is lonely for she has barely anyone she could talk to, other than her sister who, all throughout the book, had not replied to Alice’s stories.
4. Alice has a sense of madness. She seeks for attention which she makes out of her mind.
5. No one can remember a dream that vivid. Is it possible for a child to be in a state of lucid dreaming?
6. Alice makes her dreams up. She must be an unloved child.
Sometimes, a child can be lonely too.
“Life, what is but a dream?”
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