Biography And Critical Analysis Of Lewis Carrol And His Work "Alice In Wonderland".

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Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27th, 1832 in Daresbury in Cheshire. He was the eldest son and third child in a family of seven girls and four boys. His parents Charles and Frances Dodgson, whom were first cousins, were Anglican clergyman and were known to be extremely religious. After being taught in public school for his secondary education, he enrolled into Christ Church, Oxford University in 1850 were he proceeded to earn his Masters in 1855. During his studies at Oxford, Dodgson grounded himself in the areas of mathematics, logic, photography, art theater, religion, medicine, and science and earned so many honors and awards in these areas that he once said, "I am getting tired of being congratulated on various subjects; there seems to be no end of it." Upon graduation from Christ Church, Dodgson was ordered to become a priest, however, he avoided these orders and became a mathematics professor at Oxford until influenza caused death. Alice in Wonder is the work Dodgson, recognized by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll in this story, is most famous for. He created the story for the one of the three daughters of Henry Liddell, dean of Chirst Church who introduced Dodgson to photography. This work is a perfect example to show the witty and humorous yet intellectual and puzzling style of Dodgson's fictional works. Besides children's tales, Dodgson also wrote comics and magazines and on the more serious side journals, essays, and books of theorems and proofs.The novel opens with Alice and her sister sitting on the bank of a river. She feels bored and decides to take walk when she spots a small white rabbit darting across the grass. What amazes her is that the rabbit takes out a small watch from its pocket and says, "I will be late". Seeing that rabbits don't talk or carry pocket watches Alice was very much in shock. Alice follows the rabbit down his hole and this leads her into a land where she seems to grow suddenly tall or short without warning. She looks for ways to get into a door that leads her to a beautiful garden and this leads her to the house of the duchess, where she disturbs but is invited to a mad tea-party hosted by the Mad Hatter and March Hare. She encounters a caterpillar that is most helpful because it is through it she is enlightend on the way in which one could change their height depending on the situation.Her entry into the beautiful garden signals the beginning of a turn of events. Here Alice encounters playing cards that are painting white roses red. A trumpet sounds and everyone is at his or her knees while the Queen of Hearts enters the picture. Alice ends up playing a rigged game of croquet with the demented card and subsequent to this she sits through a trial where things are obviously favored toward the Queen. Through a series of heated and emotional events the perpetrator is ordered to have her head cut off. The story ends on the typical fairy tale note with Alice waking and realizing that...

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