"Alice in Wonderland": A Philosophical Examination Analytical Essay

"Alice in Wonderland": A Philosophical Examination
An analysis of the philosophical implications in the story "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll.
# 151528 | 1,624 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2012 in Literature (English) , Philosophy (General)

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The paper discusses the myriad philosophical connections and allusions that are significant to both the viewer and Alice as she stumbles through her self created world. The paper explains the references to David Hume's philosophy, the rationalist standpoint, Plato's beliefs, Socratic methods of inquiry, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and Dundon's philosophic arguments. The paper demonstrates how this the story can be seen as a philosophic dialogue between Alice's conscious self, her world and her subconscious.

From the Paper:

"Within the story, as Alice makes her way through the dreamscape, it is interesting to note that her experiences are indicative of a person who has been able to create their dream world from the bits and pieces of her conscious world, no matter how thinly veiled her dream experiences are. According to philosopher David Hume, it is impossible for someone to experience something new and unique within his or her own mind (Penelhum, 166). That is to say that outside sources of information and interaction are needed in order to build the world of the person's dreams. Alice in Wonderland is an example of the questioning of the reality of a girl named Alice as her trip through the dreamscape of Wonderland is filled with interesting interactions and conversations. For instance, the Red Queen and her army on the chessboard as not something that Alice would have experienced in waking life.
"However, these symbols are reinterpreted in the dream to symbolize all that is against her intentions. Perhaps, from a rationalist standpoint, Alice is acting on her knowledge that her own senses within her waking life were unreliable, and that in order to solve her problems in the real world, she had to venture into an alternative, self-created reality. In this way, she is able to work through her problems, concerns, and emotions, as they are manifested through the characters within the story, each representing a specific point of personal contention within her reality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle. Ethics. New York: Bibliolife, 2009.
  • Guthrie, W.K.C. Socrates. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1971.
  • Hare, Richard Mervyn. Plato. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
  • Class Notes. On Dundon. Accessed Nov. 21, 2010.
  • Penelhum, Terence. David Hume: an Introduction to His Philosophical System. Lafayette: Purdue Press, 1992.

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