Alice in Wonderland Essay

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Time, seen as an indefinite continued progress of existence and events whether it may be in the past, present and the future or as a point in measure of time – that is, seconds, minutes, hours to days, months and years. We may view it as a clock that endlessly continues to circle around or perhaps see it in ourselves as we age throughout the years unfortunately, we being not as lucky to be considered “endless”. In the novel Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll the audience is led to believe that the purpose of the tale itself is complete nonsense, madness and crazy characters that satisfy the imaginations of children without a second thought. However, looking closer into the work of Lewis Carroll one can argue that the broader purpose of Alice’s seemingly nonsensical adventures is in fact time and space. Time and space is a major theme for it has a continuous subliminal appearance throughout the novel such as Alice’s first fall into Wonderland, the white rabbit’s appearances throughout the novel and the symbolism behind the Mad Hatters and March Hare’s tea party. In the very beginning of chapter one Alice’s unthinking decision to follow the white rabbit leads her to the start of her journey in Wonderland. However, the scene in which Alice is falling is in fact one of the first appearances of the idea of time and space. As she falls down to what she describes as a “deep well” the reader is made aware that her fall is seemingly endless: “Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going happen next.” [….] Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end? (Carroll 8)”. This scene in particular greatly portrays the idea of space and time for one can assume that Lewis Carroll has portrayed Alice herself as a clock pendulum in her encounter of opposing

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