Why is the raven like a writing desk?
The ramblings of a madman about a mad book
By Ahmed Shahrukh Khawaja
212748018 In this paper I would like to discuss the theme of the tragic, yet inevitable loss of
childhood innocence, as well as the fact that death is a constant threat in the novella
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The story begins with Alice relaxing with her sister by the riverbank when she hears a
rabbit of all things pass by muttering to itself about how late he had gotten while
checking a pocket watch (if you said that today, you would probably be taken in for a
psychological evaluation). The story then follows Alice around as she goes through this
place called Wonderland, until she eventually wakes up and realizes all that had been a
dream, and tells her sister about it. If one looks at the story, s/he would realize that most
of the discomfort that Alice feels due to constantly changing her side from big to small to
big again etc. is actually a bit like puberty. In chapter one she gets sad because she is
either too big to fit through the door, or too small to reach the key, and in chapter five,
she loses control of her body parts, like when her neck gets to an absurd length. These
constant changes may represent similarities, at least in my opinion, to a child going
through puberty and not understanding why his/her body was acting the way it was, and
why the emotions were out of control, as throughout the book, Alice had constant mood
swings from anger to sadness etc.
Another thing noticed in the novella is that of how there has always been a danger
present. Perhaps when Carroll wrote the book, the kids of that time were either not that
bright to notice danger screaming at their face (I mean, who would just ride a gryphon
without a sense of trepidation), or they were considered good enough to do things adults could as well. Whate