Tag: quotes

Y is for Youth #atozchallenge

Y is for Youth #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and “Through the Looking-Glass. For the letter Y, I’m going to discuss one of the core themes of the Alice books: youth. Alice is just a young girl when she first enters Wonderland and through her adventures, Carroll shows us the challenges she faces as she grows up into a young woman.     Quotes “But then,” thought Alice, “shall I never get any older than I am now? That’ll be a comfort, one way – […]


X is for Xenization #atozchallenge

X is for Xenization #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and “Through the Looking-Glass. We have reached the dreaded ‘X’, probably the most difficult letter in the whole challenge. It wasn’t easy to find a word that fit the Wonderland theme and I had to do a bit of research, but I finally came up with Xenization. Xenization is a 19th century word meaning “the act of travelling as a stranger, as if for the first time”. It usually invokes a sense of […]


W is for White Rabbit #atozchallenge

W is for White Rabbit #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and “Through the Looking-Glass. There are quite a few things I could have written about for W: Wonderland, the Walrus, the White Queen, and so on. But I decided to focus on The White Rabbit. He’s an important character because he is the very thing that leads Alice to enter Wonderland in the first place.     Quote “So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot […]


V is for Verse #atozchallenge

V is for Verse #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. For the letter V, I’ve decided to talk about verses (poems). There are lots of verses in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, such as ‘The Crocodile’,’You are Old Father William’ and, of course, the famous Jabberwocky. Verse was a popular form of writing in the nonsense genre. Verses were usually whimsical and humorous and almost always rhymed. To create humour, Carroll used traditional grammar and syntax but […]


U is for Upside-down and ‘Un-birthdays’ #atozchallenge

U is for Upside-down and ‘Un-birthdays’ #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.   For the letter U, I’m discussing the upside-down nature of many things that Alice encounters and also briefly looking at ‘Un-birthdays’.       Upside-down As I’ve mentioned before in my post about Mirrors and Madness, Carroll loves turning conventional ideas upside-down and he frequently inverts the rules of language and logic. There are also many references throughout both books to characters or objects being upside-down, below are a couple […]


T is for Time for Tea #atozchallenge

T is for Time for Tea #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.   For the letter T, I’m going to take a look at the famous mad tea party and also discuss the theme of time in Carroll’s work. In the chapter “A Mad Tea-Party” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice meets the Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse who are forced to repeat tea time over and over again as time has stopped. They share many stories and riddles that confuse […]


S is for Stretching and Shrinking #atozchallenge

S is for Stretching and Shrinking #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.   For the letter S, I’ve decided to talk about all the stretching and shrinking that Alice goes through in Alice in Wonderland. The various food and drinks that Alice tastes, such as the “Eat me” cakes, cause her to either grow larger or shrink to a tiny size.   Quotes “‘Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!’ (for when she looked down at […]


R is for Riddles and Ravens #atozchallenge

R is for Riddles and Ravens #atozchallenge

Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. For the letter R, I decided to look at the abundance of riddles in Carroll’s work. As we discussed earlier this week, riddles were often used in nonsense fiction and many of them were intended to be unsolvable. They are meant to amuse and entertain and perhaps to inspire us to think outside the box, but there is not necessarily a single correct answer. The unanswerable nature of the riddles […]