Growth and Spirituality in Literature Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Growth and Spirituality in Literature
Educational and spiritual growth in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".
# 60071 | 1,875 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2005 in Literature (Children) , English (Analysis)

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While most adult authors rarely deviate from creating novels that aid in spiritual and educational growth, Lewis Carroll and J. K. Rowling approach teaching children in these areas with very non-traditional techniques that are extremely successful. The paper explains that while Lewis Carroll pokes fun at the adult world, he is able to teach children how to be independent and daring as they grow up. It shows that similarly, J. K. Rowling uses the fantastical element of magic to enhance Harry Potter's world and present him with circumstances that allow him to not only deal with difficult situations but learn from them. The writer shows how each author approaches the child audience with a unique perspective that includes allowing the child reader to grow along with the child protagonist. While "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" may be considered different in style and structure, they are successful in teaching children important lessons that deal with educational and spiritual growth.

From the Paper:

"Lewis Carroll's technique is unique in that it is not straightforward in its ambitions. Many times, the child reader will be challenged along with Alice in her adventures and learning experiences. This is a deliberate action on Carroll's part, who with his Alice books, created a new way of writing children's literature. In his essay, Lewis Carroll and the Child in Victorian Fiction, Robert Polhemus (1994) claims that Carroll "became a master of what we might call a stream of unconsciousness that others could tap into and use" (Polhemus 1994). His books are significant because they illustrate the "emergence in the nineteenth century of children as subjects in the enterprise of fiction--a key cultural fact that deserves recognition and attention" (Polhemus). In this alternate realm, Carroll is able to teach the child reader by allowing him or her to experience the same challenges that Alice experiences."

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