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Lewis Carroll's works Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There are by many people considered nonsense books for children. Of course, they are, but they are also much more. Lewis Carroll had a great talent of intertwining nonsense and logic, and therefore creating sense within nonsense. If you look past the nonsense you can find a new meaning other than the one you found completing your third grade book report. You find that the books are full of references and parallel aspects of Victorian Society such as topics of etiquette, education, and prejudice, and through these topic's is shown a child's ability to survive in a hostile world. By this last statement I am referring to Cohen's comment that "Wonderland" (published in1865) captures "the disappointments, fears, and bewilderment that all children encounter in their dealings with authoritarian, pompous and mystifying adults" which Wonderland seems to have no deficiency of.
Another view Carroll shows through the eyes of Alice is his thoughts on prejudice. In a scene from Alice in Wonderland the cook is violently hurling saucepans, plates, dishes and what ever else she can get her hands on at the Duchess and the baby. At this the Duchess states "If everyone mined their own business the world would go round a deal faster than it does." Alice, thinking this as a great opportunity to show off her knowledge, starts to discuss the Earth's rotation on it's axis. To which the Duchess replies "Talking of axes, chop off her head!" In this passage Carroll shows that "adults are cruel, childlike, irresponsible, impulsive, and self-indulgent– the exact five adjectives Wohl asserts that Victorians attributed to the Blacks and to the lower classes. Carroll manipulates these prejudices and shows how these characteristics also apply to adults, authority figures, and even

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