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Book Report: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Lili J

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Transcript of Book Report: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

By Lili J.
Book Report: Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland
5 Interesting Facts on Lewis Carroll
Author's Motivation
Social and Political Trends of the 1860's Are Reflected in the Novel
Carroll's sense of injustice is reflected in the rebellion against slavery of the American Civil War and the ending of slavery in Dutch Indonesia
The sense of a loss of childhood innocence is reflected in new commissions in Britain which begin to investigate occupational diseases among child workers
The caterpillar's hookah is a reminder of the ongoing Opium Wars between Britain and China, in which the British deliberately addicted the Chinese to opium by mixing it with tobacco
In 1861 scientists first realized that mirror producers in Germany were losing their teeth due to mercury poisoning ; this is reflected in the Mad Hatter's insanity (haberdashers also used mercury).
In 1862 Otto von Bismarck took complete control of Prussia, dissolving the Parliament; his autocratic rule is reflected in the behavior of the Red Queen
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and other books for a young audience were written under the name Lewis Carroll. Books focusing on logic and mathematics were written under Lewis Carroll's real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Through his childhood and as an adult, Dodgson had a horrible stammer. Dodgson found when he spoke to children, his stammer became much better.
Oxford University offered Dodgson a studentship (scholarship) when he was twenty. Dodgson would stay at Christ College to lecture on mathematics.
In 1856, a magazine editor requested Dodgson create a pen name. Dodgson took his first and middle names (Charles and Lutwidge) and altered and Latinized them. The results would become Lewis Carroll.
Charles Dodgson died of pneumonia at the age of 66 on January 14, 1898.
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At Oxford University, Charles Dodgson met Henry George Liddell's daughter (Henry was a dean). His favorite was a girl named Alice Pleasance Liddell. In 1862, when Dodgson and Alice were visiting, Dodgson told tales of a girl named Alice in a marvelous, imaginary world where animals talked and did what humans could do. As a Christmas present to Alice, Dodgson wrote down all of Alice's adventures into a little book, adding pictures into the text, naming it "Alice's Adventures Underground." In 1865, the text would be first published as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
Social and Political Trends of the 1860s
A time of major political unrest, from the American Civil War to the rebellions against British colonial rule and Bismarck's rise to power in Prussia
Major industrial accomplishments include the invention of telegraphy, the use of oil wells, London's first underground subway and the hiring of Chinese laborers to build the Transcontinental Railroad
The recognition that the Industrial Revolution introduced workers to many dangers, including mercury poisoning and other occupational diseases
First recognition of the rights of animals in the formation of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
How Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Relate to Today's Society
Today, people recognize the rights of children, who, with child labor laws, cannot work in dangerous conditions like those from work in factories during the industrial revolution.
The Human Society today works much like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a coming of age story, which can be related to at any point in time. From 1860 to 2013, children still go through the same pains of growing up.
Alice Liddell
Lewis Carroll
Written by Lewis Carroll
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