Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll

• Parallel world → mirror images → symbolic of imagination and consciousness.
• Mirror themes included → opposites, time running backwards.
• Mirrors used to reflect the capacity of the intense reality that nothing is ever straight forward.
• Carroll prompts audience to question reality → the image of looking upon each day in the mirror not portraying their true identity
• Absurd characters → unable to relate to
• Alice→ unidentifiable in wonderland → mistaking her for a volcano → The Red King refering to her as “only a sort of thing” → amercanised?
• Wonderlands confusion of alice renders her to question herself
• Labels constantly redefine alices exterior surface → her inner self, thoughts and soul remain unchanged.
• Constant changes of the body such as neck growing extensively → societies pressures to conform to what they believe is correct.
• Alice comes across a series of puzzles that have no absolute answer → struggle to find yourself in the world (big world)
• Riddles and challenges presented to alice have no purpose or answer → life frustrates perception and resists interpretation, even when familiar or solvable.
• Dream → mixing with alices unconscious state
• Puns →
• The gnat calls alice an ‘old friend’ although they had never met before

• I WONDER IF I HAVE BEEN CHANGED THROUGH THE NIGHT? LET ME THINK: WAS I THE SAME WHEN I GOT UP THIS MORNING? I CAN REMEMBER FEELING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THEN THE NEXT QUESTION IS ‘WHO IN THE WORLD AM I?’ → if shes not the same person she used to be, does that mean her identity has been lost? Or has the external influences merley shaped her?
• ‘I’ll stay down here until im somebody else’ → alice is willing to let wonderland continually change her so that when she returns to the real world, her identity may be accepted.
• ‘why, your only a sort of thing in his dream!’ twiddle dee says → alice was...