Monday, April 4, 2011

Dodgson in Wonderland By Joanna Richardson

In "Dodgson in Wonderland" by Joanna Richardson it is described how Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known as Lewis Carroll, came up with the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a summer day as he was rowing a boat with three girls, Lorina, Alice, and Edith.  Many of the events of the book were what he related to his childhood, events of his life and Alice Liddell. Many points of the story such as the rabbit hole and the white rabbit were things he had seen. The whole that Alice falls in to is the one that Dodgson identified with from his grammar school. Also when the caucus-race happened according to Richardson, Lory was Lorina Liddell eaglet was Edith Liddell the duck was Robinson Duckworh and dodo was Dodgson. The Cheshire cat could have been Dodgson as well because he was a Cheshire man. Every character of the story happened to be someone in either Dodgson’s life or Alice. There was alos some proven fact that Alice Liddell was seven and half year old at the time. The idea of Through the Looking Glass came from one day asking Alice in which hand she held an orange and she had it in the right then he told her to look in the mirror and tell him in what hand did the “little girl” had the orange in and she answered that in the left hand. The Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Alice’s life was Miss Pricket, the governess of Alice and her sisters. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were fairly similar and both held memories from hisb childhood and people he once came across in his life.

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