Alice in Wonderland, otherwise known as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is a staple of childhood literature spanning over a century. Just about every person in Western civilization is familiar with the psychedelic journey Alice experiences in Wonderland.
Many people have wondered whether Lewis Carroll (whose real name is Charles Dodgson) snuck hidden messages into the story. People are convinced that the story is a metaphor for a huge psychedelic drug trip or that it represents a political jab at Queen Victoria. Some people have gone so far as to suggest that Dodgson wrote the story with sexual undertones.
Let's go through some of these potential hidden messages.
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1. Promoting psychedelic drugs?
There was no evidence that Charles Dodgson dabbled at all with mind-bending drugs, the type you would expect to inspire such a trippy story with Cheshire Cats, a myriad of mushrooms, and a magical rabbit hole.
2. What about implicit sexual connotations? Many believe the caterpillar was very "phallic."
Whether or not the famous rabbit hole represents female sexual organs has also been considered.
3. A major theory out there is that Alice's journey through Wonderland may represent the battle all young women go through as they approach adulthood.
Alice experiences huge changes in her physical size in the story, and also constantly expresses self-doubt and a lack of confidence.
4. Victorian-era political statement?
Interestingly, though, Queen Victoria actually enjoyed the book quite a bit.
The Queen of Hearts is quick-tempered, much like Queen Victoria.
5. Walrus and the Carpenter.
At the end of the day, it's hard to tell whether Charles Dodgen chose to implant these hidden messages into his story.
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