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Lewis Carrolls Adventures in Wonderland provides a physical removal from reality by creating a fantastical world and adventure in the mind of a young girl In this separation Carroll is able to bend the rules of the temporal world Although this is self-evident in Alices physical transfigurations language and conventions provide additional means to test if a world can defy the rules which are didactically fed to children and become second nature to adults Perhaps it might be an inescapable outcome given that Carroll has been educated in a world that operates within structured set of rules but the wonderful dream seems to be peculiarly similar to the dull reality which Carroll attempts to escape 98 Fantasies seem to be forever bounded by what reality allows the mind to imagine The opening scene provides a possible metaphor for Carrolls artistic endeavor in the face of these constraints Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage not much larger than a rat-hole she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw How she longed to get out of the dark hall and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains but she could not get her head through the doorway 10 Alice seems quite capable of seeing that a more beautiful world exists beyond the confines of her environment By making a distinction that it is her head the physical location of the mind which prevents her from proceeding Carroll suggests that the mind provides the barrier to entering the Eden-like grounds of pure beauty Alices subsequent struggle to physically transform herself to squeeze within these boundaries mirrors Carrolls endeavor to gain entry into the unbounded imagination Adult consciousness becomes comparable to the rat-hole in which Alice finds herself trapped By grounding the narrative in the eyes and imagination of Alice who is just beginning to be inculcated with lessons
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