Alice in wonderland Essay Example

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The book has a girl named Alice as the main character. At the start of the book, Alice is sitting on a bank of a river feeling lonely when she sees a rabbit putting on a pocket watch and a waistcoat. The rabbit talks to himself as he runs past Alice and enters a hole. The little girl decides to follow the rabbit into the hole. Immediately she enters into the hole she falls a very long way to a curious hall which has many locked doors. The doors are of different sizes. Here she finds a bottle written ‘Drink me’ and when she drinks the content of the bottle, she shrinks. At the end of the chapter, she finds a Cake written ‘Eat me.’ In general, this is a book plays with logic and gives a story suitable for both children and adults. The author comes out as very creative since his whole work is just an imagination of things.

In my opinion, one theme that comes out clearly in the book is the theme of nonsense. The author of the book has included many things which primarily don’t make any sense. The stories in the book are just fantastic; they can’t happen in the real world. For an author to make sense in his work, he needs to base much of his work on things which are practical and can happen in the real world. For instance, an author who has written his work basing it on a historical event such has colonialism his work usually makes a lot of sense since it’s something practical. On the other hand, an author who has just imagined things which never exists such as animals talking has the primary aim of entertaining the reader, and it’s not a must for him to make sense. This is the case with Lewis, the author of this book. His main aim was to entertain his audience which mainly he perceived to be children through the use of some funny and anthropomorphic creatures. He never minded making sense at all but to entertain his audience.


In the first chapter, the theme of nonsense comes out when Alice is playing a game where she either shrinks or grows up. This is the extract from the book: “There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this time she found a little bottle on it, (`which certainly was not here before,’ said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words `DRINK ME’ beautifully printed on it in large letters. It was all very well to say `Drink me,’ but the wise little Alice was not going to do THAT in a hurry… However, this bottle was NOT marked `poison,’ so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice… she very soon finished it off. What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; `I must be shutting up like a telescope.’ And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high…” (Pg). How can someone just drink some content and shrink? This is something impossible in the real world. It has never happened in the human history.

Going on to chapter two, we see a scene where Alice is looking through a glass and sees a Red Queen who is running so fast, to the best of their capacity. This is the extract “Alice gets curious and asks her where she is running to. “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” (Pg)In the real world, when someone is running to the best of his capacity, it means that he can’t run faster than he is already running. This is a very brilliant piece by the author to bring out the theme of nonsense.

In a tea party, chapter seven, we find the author trying to bring out the theme of nonsense again using time. This is the extract: “The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear. Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.’ `Two days wrong!’ sighed the Hatter” (Pg). This is nonsense saying that his watch is two days slow, his intention primarily can be said a joke. He was just saying it to play with the minds of other animals in the party. Apart from the author achieving his goal of delivering the theme of nonsense, he also entertains the reader.


Alice in Wonderland is a great piece of work by Carrols. It’s a novel that has been read by people across the world over a century. It’s both entertaining and very educative having both children and adults as its audience. If we missed talking about the theme of ‘nonsense; we could have missed a lot of important information from the book. For instance, through the use of nonsense, the author can deliver other themes such as the theme of politics when Alice is told the story of a Carpenter and the Walrus. In the story, the compelling uses their wealth and strength to exploit the weak and helpless. In my opinion, Carrols was a great author of the 19th century, and his work will continue to of great benefit to the upcoming generations.