Satirical Social Construct Theories In Carolls Wonderland

1276 words - 5 pages

The Victorian Era held many common beliefs that contrast to everything modern society holds as true.These beliefs ecompassed such areas as social theory, class differences, racial prejudices, the effect of capitalism in society, and the role and extent of education Lewis Carroll challenges and satirizes these social constructs in his novels Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by the use of fantasy characters and settings. He confronts the reader indirectly through Alice; as the fantasy world of Wonderland disobeys Alice's established views, so does it disobey the reader's views.
Throughout Alice in Wonderland, Alice interacts with things that are commonly seen in her Victorian world. Throught out the majority of both novel the inhabitants of Wonderland , who all have distinct personalities and the ability to communicate, dictate Alice's behavior. However, in the final scene of Wonderland Alice turns the table on the citizens of Wonderland. Rather than continuing to accept and comply with their behavior, she recognizes that they do not behave as they should in Victorian society. When she shouts to the army of cards that they are in fact nothing more than a mere pack of cards Alice immediately wakes up to find that she has returned from Wonderland. Once she treats the cards as she should in her own society, simply as objects, then Alice is allowed to return to her own world . She has learned the lesson that a girl in Victorian England must control the objects around her, rather than be controlled by them.
The actions of Alice at the end of Through the Looking Glass and Alice Wonderland references Carroll's views of Victorian education. Education plays a large role in the Alice books, contributing both to Carroll's characterization of Alice and of his perceptions of the common Victorian English citizen. Throughout the Alice books Alice alludes to her lessons and her education, usually very proud of all that she knows.. However, most of the time the information that she spurts out is either useless or absurd, for when she can recite exactly how many miles it is to the center of the earth she follows up with the comment of how funny it will be when she comes to the other side of the world and everything is upside down. She is quite often aware of her folly but her mistakes almost always go unnoticed by those around her and are always left uncorrected. Rather than emphasizing academic studies by having the event that enables Alice's return to England involve correcting her scholarly errors, Alice's return is initiated by a change in her attitude towards her material surroundings. Such a concious decision on Carroll's part satirizes his idea of education in Victorian society of the day. Carroll was some what amusemed at the trivial fashion of English education.
Traditional public schools in Victorian England emphasized Greek and Latin, house systems, school spirit, improving character, and that the goal of education was to mold the...

Find Another Essay On Satirical Social Construct Theories in Carolls Wonderland

There are two methods – common-sense explanations and social science theories – by which human behavior can be explained. Which method do you think is better in accounting for human behavior and why?

789 words - 3 pages matter in social sciences is completely different from that of natural science, observation, survey and interview which sometimes involves a control group, are the methodology used to test the experimental hypotheses, instead of using laboratory experiments. Hence, social science theories are backed up by empirical studies and data, and therefore should be more widely applicable, objective and reliability to explain human behavior.Unlike social

A case scenario: Using social work theories: A Family In Crisis

1158 words - 5 pages The aim of this discussion paper is to examine the situation of a family living in a small rural town. As the current condition of the family is a result of long term social, economical and political development in the society, this paper will apply the structural approach to understand what circumstances have had major influence in precipitating the family into the crisis it is now. The focus is on Joe, who is long term unemployed and while his

“Alice in Wonderland” Final Test

729 words - 3 pages “Alice in Wonderland” written by famous author, Lewis Carroll, is a fantasy novel printed with many respects and portrays a vivid reflection of society through satire. For instance, Carroll criticizes that Wonderland is a monarchy and not a democracy; it is separated between different social classes, and clearly speaks volumes of the scheme during Queen Victoria’s rein. During the Victorian Era, British imperial power took a large-scale

Lewis Carroll's Alice Adventures in Wonderland

2484 words - 10 pages nonsensical somehow makes sense, and the road through Wonderland, though filled with frustration and loneliness, eventually can lead to understanding. (Bush) Charles Dodgson, later known as Lewis Carroll, was an English citizen of a high social and religious standing. As a minister in the Church of England and a mathematics professor at Oxford, he led a boring and uneventful life; as he described himself: “My life is so strangely free from all

Alice in Wonderland

704 words - 3 pages the English government system. Another example would be the trial against the Knave of Hearts. In this “trial” nothing was accomplished, everything was important evidence, and the sentencing came before the final verdict of the jury. This would have been a satirical play by Carroll on the English judicial system. The main theme of Alice in Wonderland is to remain a child as long as possible, for only children can have such adventures

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

1243 words - 5 pages woven design of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Throughout the entire novel, Carroll pokes fun at social conceptions and customs, such as tea parties. In this story, there is a Mad Tea Party, in which the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse’s sense of small talk is simply stating the obvious. “‘The Dormouse is asleep again,’ said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose. The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and

Alice: The Ethnocentric Imperialist

1449 words - 6 pages obsession of the rules of Wonderland. As Daniel Bivona points out, “ Carroll renders a world organized by gamelike social structures in which mastery of the game promises mastery of others.” (Bivona p.144) Throughout the entire novel, the audience sees Alice struggle with the rules of Wonderland like in the Caucus race, Tea Party, Croquet, and trial scene. Alice, as the imperialist, gets frustrated when the rules do not work in her favor

Comparing and Contrasting Two Opposite Worlds

1725 words - 7 pages in Wonderland and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World are explicitly delivered through the authors’ portrayals of characters, as well as the settings and worlds in which each story takes place. Because of the variety of characters exposed in both Brave New World and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many similarities can be linked between the two novels’ characters. Although similar characteristics can be discovered, the contrasting personalities

Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

1929 words - 8 pages way young children access the world. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he had the desire to describe how a child sees the adult world including all of the rules and social manners we create for ourselves, likewise the personality and bad practices we developed during our lives. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland symbolizes the child’s conflict to survival in the complex world of adults. In order to comprehend our world, Alice has to overcome

Parodies of Victorian Lifestyle

2074 words - 8 pages Parodies of Victorian Lifestyle in Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found        "It is no accident that the grotesque style in literature tends to be prevalent in eras marked by radical change and stress.  Such was the Victorian period, within which a whirl of social, economic, and religious change took place . . ." (Chang par. 2). This distorted writing can be unquestionably seen in the works of Lewis

The Recurring Themes Of Alice In Wonderland

533 words - 2 pages . Games and contests are a normal and constant part of life in Wonderland, from the Caucus race to the strange croquet match to the fact that the royal court is a living deck of cards. Moreover, every new social encounter is like a game, in that there are bizarre, apparently arbitrary rules that Alice has to master. Learning the rules is perhaps a metaphor and symbolic of the many adaptations and acclimations to new social situations that every

Similar Essays

Racism: A Historical And Social Construct In America

2937 words - 12 pages Not Matched”, Dr. Harold P. Freeman stated, “Race as used in the United States is a social and political construct derived from our nation’s history. It has no basis in science or anthropology.” Yet, blacks are discriminated against everyday. In his race speech, U.S. President Barack Obama stated, “"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in

A View Of Systematic Gendered Repression In The Patriarchal Social Construct

2405 words - 10 pages The Water and Diamonds Paradox: A View of Systematic Gendered Repression in the Patriarchal Social Construct In economics there exists what is known as the diamond and water paradox, proposed by the great, capitalist economist Adam Smith. It is based on the idea that the total utility, or the total benefit that a person gets from the consumption of goods and services, is low for diamonds, while the marginal utility or the level of

Force, Morality And Rights In Thomas Hobbes And John Locke's Social Contract Theories

1635 words - 7 pages Force, Morality and Rights in Thomas Hobbes and John Locke's Social Contract Theories Throughout history, the effects of the unequal distribution of power and justice within societies have become apparent through the failure of governments, resulting in the creation of theories regarding ways to balance the amount of power given and the way in which justice is enforced. Due to this need for change, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke created two

Evaluaton Of Ethical Theories And/Or Principles And Their Application In Critical Health And/Or Social Care Setting

1922 words - 8 pages Evaluation of Ethical Theories and/or Principles and their Application in Critical Health and/or Social Care Setting By Your Name Unit/Subject Name and Code Instructor’s Name Institution’s Name Department Name Date Introduction An Acute and critical clinical scenario involving life threatening conditions that requires high degree of accuracy with a very small allowable error margin calls for a quick judgement and response from