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    I took a Childrens’ Literature class in Graduate School and we discussed the concept that all of the characters in the story with the exception of Alice represent the adults in a child’s world. They are depicted as scary, and confusing: the madhatter and others at the tea party, the terrifying queen who was so rigid that if people did not do as told…”off with their heads, the two faced Cheshire Cat, the absent father like the rabbit who didn’t even call Alice by her name, but called her Mary. The whole changes in her size were like adults telling children, “Grow up” or “act your age” or “you’re too small to do that ” . There are many more, but I will leave them up to you to think of.

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    Michael Heyman

    The intent of this article seems admirable (to dispel the ridiculous myths), but it’s clouded in distortions of fact and history (in NewHistorian, no less! Such a shame). Even a little research would go a long way. See Morton Cohen’s biography of Carroll for the facts and some interesting analysis, or the new Edward Wakeling biography.

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