Comparing Alice In Wonderland To The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by CS Lewis, emphasis is put on dreams and imagination over the ideas of the real world. Both stories offer an escape, almost another life, from the time period that is going on around them. Next, in both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the views of a child’s imagination are believed to be vital to the advancement of the world around them. Finally, dreams offer insight into what may be possible. This allows everyone, specifically children, to believe that anything is possible. Both of these stories were written in a time... View More »

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Also, this quote shows that the seclusion of the area this story takes place indicates a world that has no cares of politics and holy wars, but rather, is a place that shows hope and inspiration for a more perfect “real” world.
Alice is a Victorian-era child encountering a world completely out of her realm of belief. Nina Auerbach and Harold Bloom describe Alice in a book review of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Alice herself, prim and earnest in pinafore and pumps, confronting a world out of control by looking for the rules and murmuring her lessons, stands as one image of the Victorian middle-class child” (Auerbach and Bloom). This quote illustrates how Alice is this innocent, straight minded little girl, and she cannot comprehend ideas not in her realm of belief. When it refers to her as Victorian in nature, it means the time period that ended in the mid 1800’s that was prosperous. Alice is finally able to open her eyes to new things, and not life in the constant world she knows in England. Then Kenneth Marantz says in a book review of The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe about how the children leave their situation: “Should serve admirably to introduce the four children who find refuge from mundane existence in the make-believe land of Narnia” (Marantz). This quote illustrates that the children escape from the awful time period during World War II. They escape to a place where their imaginations can run without being brought down by reality. Last, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll write their respective books to offer another way to look at life, instead of looking at ...

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