Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

by whatchelsearead

Background Information

Published in 1865, this book was inspired by Alice Liddell the daughter of Henry George Liddell. Carroll told Alice and her two sisters fanciful tales. At first Alice in Wonderland was seen as too extravagant, however over time it gained popularity amongst both children and adults.

Key Quotes

“Who in the world am I?” Ah that’s a great puzzle.

This quote supports Carroll’s notion that life is an unduly complicated mystery that humans must use rational thoughts and intelligence to understand. People were living in a time of great change. Everyone was trying to behave in the way that was acceptable for their social role and with ideas changing so often, some may have found it difficult to keep up. It is likely that they would have lost sense of who they were.

To be continued….