Reality and Fantasy in Works by Lewis Carrol Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Reality and Fantasy in Works by Lewis Carrol
A commentary on the treatment of the themes of reality and fantasy in the first set of novels by Lewis Carroll.
# 67279 | 12,800 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 04, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper argues that the treatment of reality and fantasy in works by Lewis Carroll is unique in the annals of literature, for never has it been accomplished with such an effectiveness, subtlety, delicacy and poignancy. The paper first outlines the realms of reality and fantasy, before positing a commentary on the treatment, the juxtaposition and the eventual merging of these existential states in the earlier set of works by Lewis Carroll. The works considered are: "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass".

From the Paper:

"Looking at these works, an extremely interesting fact emerges. The author has made use of a skillful set of frames in the narration of works that aspire almost to the status of epics. Literary frames are devices that enable an author to activate various levels of demarcation in a work, enabling the author himself to remain relatively discrete of his own work. The first frame used in 'Alice in Wonderland' is the concept of a dream into which Alice tumbles, thus entering the world of Wonderland. The figure of the White Rabbit, the harbinger of chaos, a denizen from the other world setting foot into this one is the first element of fantasy that one finds in the book."

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