Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.
Lewis CarrollWhat are some of the morals to be found in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass? I always think that the Duchess and her baby had something to it.
And of course we cannot forget perhaps the most popular lesson of the walrus and the carpenter which if you’ve seen the Kevin Smith film Dogma is open to some interesting interpretations.
Here are a few more elements that can be taken from Carroll’s classic tales.
According to Carl Jung, “a typical infantile motif is the dream of growing infinitely small or infinitely big, or being transformed from one to the other – as you find, for instance, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.” (in Man and His Symbols, 1964) Modern physicist have often compared the world of Lewis Carroll with the incredible phenomena of quantum reality – such as cats that are both alive and dead at the same time (‘Schrödinger’s cat’) or with particles that change their identities for no apparent reason. They are against Alice’s common sense: ‘I can’t believe that!’ said Alice. ‘… one can’t believe impossible things. But the White Queen has her own principles: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ (in Through the Looking Glass)
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