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To millions around the world Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland is merely a childhood dreamland filled with riddles fairy tails and games without rules However to the trained eye Alices world translates into much more than a childs bedtime story There are many undeniable patterns and connections seen throughout his story that are simply too radical to be mere coincidence The story of Alice is both a mixture of contradictory patterns and a metaphor for growth With the right train-of-thought and a little imagination this otherwise straightforward fairy tale becomes a key to Carrolls inner thoughtsPsychoanalysts have analyzed Alice in Wonderland since the early 1900s Psychoanalysis is the theory of the talking cure In other words it is used to help understand inner subjective meaning Psychoanalysis was first used as a clinical practice to help people suffering from troubles without any organic cause Bokay 2 However it has also proven very effective in uncovering subliminal motives in dreams art and literature The following should not be looked at as definite concepts but more like a key to help understand some popular interpretations of lewis text If the whole of Alices journey may be read both as a passage from the surface to the abyss and as an achievement a hard conquest from the abyss to the surface the leaven the engine of this twofold passage is to be found in the series of events which are written in Alices body Roncada 2 To grasp the concepts and to fully understand underlying ideas in wonderland it helps to think of wonderland as a real world with real rules Non-law and a non-measure of Alice herself govern wonderland which in turn results in a large amount of nonsense What is isnt what isnt is a very hard concept for young Alice to grasp at first Alice morphs from tall to short from small to big and always maintains her psychological and biological age Her body the engine
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