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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Of Facts and Chaos

Alice in Wonderland is an imaginative satire on the British education system of the nineteenth century. The unreasonable environment in which the story takes place exemplifies all the shortcomings of the British education system as seen by Lewis Carroll, evident in the...
Alice in Wonderland is an imaginative satire on the British education system of the nineteenth century. The unreasonable environment in which the story takes place exemplifies all the shortcomings of the British education system as seen by Lewis Carroll, evident in the often inverted situations Alice constantly encounters throughout the course of the story. It is clearly evident in this story that Lewis Carroll questioned the worth of British education. Pandemonium seems to omnipresent throughout the entire story. The fantastic qualities of the setting in conjunction with Alice¿s character traits allow for the most unreasonable events to occur. Thus, the conditions favor events that are more bizarre. Had the principles of a more solid education been engrained in Alice, the story would probably have ended abruptly as soon as she realized the ridiculousness of it all. However, because she was not adequately educated, the British education reflected in her actions and speech. Oftentimes, she refers to knowledge of subjects that she learns in school, but it would all come out wrong. Her knowledge of science is obviously incorrect and the verses she recites have substituted words that completely distort the verse. Yet through her warped reasoning and the aid of the chaotic environment, she is somehow able to make sense of it all! Clearly, these anomalies suggest that the British education system was far from useful and adequate during the nineteenth century. Although presented in the imaginative manner of a children¿s book, the message embedded within Alice in Wonderland is still clear. Only with British education of the nineteenth century can people go through an experience like that of Alice, unable to realize the ridiculousness surrounding them.

posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2006

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9 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Classic story ruined by lousy art

I'll never understand why anyone would want to re-illustrate a book whose illustrations are as iconic as the book itself. John Tenneil's work on the original books needs no replacing and certainly not with the mess I'm confronted with here. Camille Rose Garcia may hav...
I'll never understand why anyone would want to re-illustrate a book whose illustrations are as iconic as the book itself. John Tenneil's work on the original books needs no replacing and certainly not with the mess I'm confronted with here. Camille Rose Garcia may have a place in the world of art. I'm sure there are those who like this sort of thing and I can see where something could be made of such a style. What *cannot* be made from it is a decent representation of Alice and the denizens of Wonderland. By making *everything* crazy and over-the-top, Garcia destroys the dichotomy of the story of normal Alice amongst the strageness of Wonderland.

Take my advice. Avoid this edition and stick to those that use the original Tenniel illustrations.

posted by Rhindle_The_Red on February 3, 2010

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