what is the hidden meaning,behind the Alice in wonderland story?
- MeganLv 52 years agoFavorite Answer
While the story invites us to step inside Alice’s head, some readers have wondered if it reveals more about her creator. Psychoanalytical interpreters have seized on it with particular relish. William Empson gleefully pointed out that Alice is “a father in getting down the hole, a foetus at the bottom, and can only be born by becoming a mother and producing her own amniotic fluid”. Alice’s attempts to move aside a curtain and squeeze through a little doorway have also attracted comment, particularly when viewed alongside Carroll’s history of child friendships. His defenders point out that such interpretations probably reveal more about our own fears than they do about Carroll.
Even more popular is the theory that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a thinly veiled allegory about drug use. Songs such as Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (“Remember what the Dormouse said / Feed your head, feed your head”) have encouraged a whole generation of readers to think of Alice’s journey underground as another kind of trip. Actually there is no evidence that Carroll ever tried drugs beyond some alarming-sounding homeopathic remedies, which included dosing himself with “aconite and arsenic” to cure a stubborn cold. But for many people, the hookah-smoking Caterpillar and his magic mushroom remain far more closely associated with the 1960s than the 1860s.
- Anonymous2 years ago
It's not "hidden," and it's not "behind" the story. The meaning of any story is IN the story. And the Alice stories have many meanings. One of them is that they are a vehicle for a lot of very sophisticated and intellectual jokes (partly humorous, partly serious) about mathematics and linguistics.
There are plenty of books about Alice. Go to a library and read some of them. They will tell you much more than random answers on Yahoo.
- 2 years ago
pure escapism. j K rowling has nothng on lewis carol.
- TinaLv 72 years ago
Some people think that the author was referring to college politics, to new discoveries and science and mathematics, to the rise of Anglo Catholicism at the University - but it was probably just a story for children.
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- LomaxLv 72 years ago
There isn't one. Lewis Carroll made it up to amuse the young Alice Liddell, then embellished it a bit before publishing it.
- ?Lv 72 years ago
JUST A FAIRY TALE.