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At the mention of the name Alice one tends to usually think of the childrens stories by Lewis Carroll Namely Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are two classic works of childrens literature that for over a century have been read by children and adults alike These two stories tell the tale of a young girl named Alice who finds herself in peculiar surroundings where she encounters many different and unusual characters Although Alice is at the centre of both stories each tale is uniquely different in its purpose characters and style Carroll first published Alices Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 three years after he had first told the story to the young girl Alice Liddell and her sisters following her request for a story full of nonsense The creation of this story began on a river picnic as Carroll began telling the tale of Alice in Wonderland to entertain the girls Unlike the spontaneity in the creation of the first story Carrolls Through the Looking Glass was published six years after the first when Alice was a teenager This latter story was more logical than the first and clearly differed from it in both its style and direction The introduction of Alice and how she finds herself in the other world is very different in each of the stories In Alices Adventures in Wonderland Alices curiosity and boredom leads her to follow the White Rabbit as he rushes passed her She ends up falling down the rabbit hole which takes both her and the reader into a world of magic and disorder Carrolls Wonderland is a place where Alice finds many of the characters difficult and odd She encounters various characters along her journey many of whom likely represented real people known to the real Alice Liddell Throughout the first story Alice also finds herself growing and shrinking at various stages something that Carroll does not repeat in Through the Looking
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