Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has, from the beginning, been rather capricious.
“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then,” says the young protagonist — expressing, in that way only a child can, a most profound philosophical concept in the simplest terms.
It’s a statement that’s become increasingly applicable to the book itself, as Lewis Carroll’s tale has traveled through various generations and artistic media. In the Tim Burton film adaptation, the original is hardly recognizable beneath gaudy makeup and gaudier special effects. Even the story’s name has warped over time; combined with its sequel Through the Looking Glass, the whole tale has been abbreviated to “Alice in Wonderland.”
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