Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been a popular source of entertainment, study, and cultural appropriation since its publication in 1865. Together with its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, it is one of the most quoted works in the world, and is still frequently referenced in pop-culture (in fashion magazine spreads, television lotion commercials, and films such as The Matrix, to name a few instances). Part of the novel’s enduring relevance is its preoccupation with themes of logic and argument. I will examine the novel through the lens of Alice’s development with relation to these themes. Alice, who begins her adventures as a logically and argumentatively unsophisticated character, observes the ways in which most Wonderlanders frequently manipulate logic and language to both maintain control and to arrive at absurd conclusions, and ultimately develops her own logical skills in defiant response.
Laura Arnold, ’04 Vienna , VA
Sponsor: Michelle Mouton