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Ambiguous Alice: Moral Ambiguity in the World of Wonderland from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a work known for its delightful and meaningless nonsense. Robert D. Sutherland suggests that many works in children’s literature actively work to promulgate a specific set of values, whether through advocacy, attack, or assent. Despite Carroll’s use of satire to mock traditional Victorian values of didacticism, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland still contains elements of conveying moralistic views and values. This essay examines the way in which morality is perceived in Wonderland and the way that the reader perceives morality through the eyes of the characters of the novel. The essay also examines influences of moral ambiguity by studying concepts such as the anticipation of emotions connected to moral transgression, the repercussions of lying, and advocacy through the use of illustrations.

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Lewis Carroll; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; morality; ambiguity; influence; didacticism; illustrations
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Humanities Languages and Literature Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126997OAI: diva2:904957
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-02-20 Last updated: 2016-03-01Bibliographically approved

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