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Alice In Wonderland Essay

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Alice in Wonderland is one of the all time classic children's novels. It's creator, Lewis Carrol was truly onto something when he conjured up the little girl Alice who follows a white rabbit into a fantasy world she could have only dreamed of. Curiosity winds her through all the twists and turns that are so fictitious they are almost unbelievable. Unbelievable? Maybe. Do we still want to believe, reading on intrigued? Absolutely.So what was Carrol's purpose? Was it merely a coincidence? A convenient encounter of opium, pen and paper? Or did it have a deep message that we may merely have overlooked since the day the book was published? I don't think so. Carrol's book should be taken for what ...view middle of the document...

Drugs or no drugs, Carrol seemed to have a relationship with his characters. They are all so genuine that it is hard not to love them as much as what he did. The purpose of entertainment that he either may or may not have set out to achieve was absolutely successful as the great majority of readers, including myself are left with a small smile of satisfaction upon finishing the book. And though it was read to us as children and studied throughout school time and time again it becomes no less magical, only more detailed, thus bringing a greater satisfaction each time.In contrast, it's a commonly held belief that Disney was recreating the classic for one reason and one reason only. Not to entertain or encourage people to find their fantasy lands but to make money. The Disney production of Alice in Wonderland is not nearly as sweet as that of Carrol. The scenes are often dark and Alice is not curious, she is trapped. The world is all but terrifying to her. And while the characters are bright and somewhat loveable, deranged seems to fit them a little better. Disney's venture certainly does entertain, but not with storyline or content as much as brilliantly animated images. For this reason, I don't feel that Disney had any intention to entertain "˜purely'. His entertainment was provided solely so more people would hand over there money for a ticket to see the work of art. Because essentially it is but only as a result of the art crew.In conclusion, the purpose is the same "“ to entertain. But each had different motives for their entertainment. Disney's motive was money, Carrol's was magic.Krystal Venz

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