Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

alice in wonderlandVery few people haven’t heard about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I mean, who hasn’t seen (in movie or play form) or read the story by Lewis Carroll? First published in the UK and US back in 1865, it has been translated into just about every common language around the world and has become a favourite of child and adult alike.

The story, usually renamed as Alice in Wonderland, is about Alice’s trip into a fantasy world she literally fell down into through a rabbit hole (the “Rabbit Hole” is believed to symbolize the real stairs in the back of the main hall in the city of Oxford’s Christ Church). In this alternate reality, Alice meets a number of interesting and peculiar characters who are animal-like but with human attributes. Carroll based these characters on his friends.

Although superficially, many of Alice’s encounters appear nonsensical, they are highly symbolic and are an insight into ¬†important elements of humanity. In fact, they may even be considered “philosophical” to a certain extent.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll, which is actually the pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a British author. The story has been created into film, comic books, short stories, plays, musicals and other entertaining forms.