In my previous post (“Apathy”) I talked a little about what I believe Carroll’s spin on families is.
In that post I stated that “maybe he did not have the best family life and he wanted a daughter (maybe it was the real-life Alice).”
Was Carroll’s family life bad?
It is apparent in the book because he mentions nothing of family except a cat and a sister. The sister which is only talked about in the beginning, and she is not even described. Maybe Carroll believes that pets are more important than family, and that is why Dinah is constantly talked about. It could just be because Dinah causes so much controversy because she is a cat. Ultimately I think that Carroll had issues with his family. Family is one of the most important things in life, and is usually always mentioned in some way or another in a story.
Lord of the Flies, one of the books that my class has most recently read, is one story which family is talked about in a great deal.
The boys find themselves lost on an island with no adults. In the opening chapter, the two first characters (Ralph and Piggy) both speak of their family. On the other hand, Alice gets “lost” in a wonderland and never once thinks of her actual family. She may be in a dream, but in the beginning it is supposed to seem like reality. Wouldn’t most girls around the age we presume Alice to be want their mothers or fathers? I know that I would and I am sixteen, so why wouldn’t Alice?
I think it has something to do with the author, more specifically-Carroll.
What do you, the reader of this blog, think? Is Carroll insecure about his earlier or more latter family life? I think the answer is yes, but you could have insight that I overlooked. Maybe it is simple and Carroll just left out family matters…or maybe not.