quinta-feira, 3 de abril de 2014

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The teenage perspective

Adolescence  is a turbulent part of life. Many problems happen, questions about life are asked and emotions explode. 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an exponent of the literary nonsense genre. When Alice falls into the rabbit’s hole, we are transported to the ludic world. The impossible is possible in this new world. Alice drank a liquid and she shrank, she ate a piece of cake and she grew. This represents one allegory about maturity. After much confusion, Alice meets Caterpillar. Caterpillar asks Alice who she is, but she doesn’t answer. This is one allegory about whom we are in the world. Alice meets the Cheshire cat in the forest. The girl was confused and she asked if there exist someone normal in this world. Cheshire said it doesn’t exist and said that the girl was crazy too. This is an allegory about what is normal. Mad Hatter and March Hare represent the madness too. In ‘Who Stole the Tarts?’ the Knave of Hearts is accused. The reaction of the Queen of Hearts is absolutely immature. She ever says ‘Off with their heads’. The general idea about the book is adolescence, because there are questions about our existence, madness, immaturity, and these are questions made in the adolescence. 

Poems, mathematics, the logic, also are the narrative focus of the book. The Alice’s adventure was a dream and the characters are ludic. These are normal things in teenage perspectives. 

In ‘Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There’, the same questions about our existence, the madness and immaturity continued. For example, when Alice says if she to cross the Looking-Glass, she can escape reality. 

According to Jerry Maatta, researcher of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “The theme OF Alice growing and shrinking into different sizes could reflect the ups and downs of adolescence with young people sometimes feeling adult and sometimes quite the opposite.

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