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Making Sense out of Nonsense Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise Carroll 89 Carroll here conveys the message to not try to show yourself deeper than what your surface suggests Did he follow in the footsteps of that philosophy in his renowned work Alices Adventures in Wonderland In this work Lewis Carroll the pen name used by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson devises a seemingly nonsensical plot that weaves through the various adventures of young Alice through her dreamland contending with all sorts of odd characters on the way Cohen 125 Although childish nonsense on the surface these characters in Lewis Carrolls imaginative story Alices Adventures in Wonderland reflect personality types in an adult society The most obvious yet false interpretation of Alice is that she represented Alice Liddell As the pretty dark-haired daughter of the dean of Christ Church where Lewis Carroll attended typically shy Alice Liddell quickly began to view Carroll as a friend and mentor Hudson 266 Introduction to Lewis Carroll 105 Carroll related the original story of Alice in Wonderland to Alice and her two sisters upon their demand for a story to entertain them while sitting in a rowboat In fact as a result of Alices persistence in the following days Carroll put his story into writing Cohen 126 However does this mean that Carroll based the character Alice strictly on his young friend Alice Liddell No instead Lewis Carroll lived in a Victorian society and fashioned his star character after a proper Victorian girl Alice the character showed courage good intentions politeness willingness and justice all characteristics of an ideal Victorian girl Pfeiffer 251 Carroll portrays Alice in a strikingly different light as the rest of the characters in Wonderland as the rational being in a
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