“Alice in Wonderland” (you know what?!)

I think you already know the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She discovers a bottle labelled “DRINK ME”, which causes her to shrink. A cake with “EAT ME” on it causes her to grow to such a tremendous size her head hits the ceiling. With notable side characters like White Rabbit, the Chesire Cat, Mad Hatter and his hare. A children classic.

But probably there are some facts that you don’t know.

I found out that Lewis Carrol, the writer of the story is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and a photographer. Now, do you ever wonder how could somebody imagine such nonsense realm? There was this migraine called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, not coincidentally named after Lewis’ work. He suffered from this syndrome which also known as micropsia and macropsia, it is a brain condition affecting the way objects are perceived by the mind. The patient with the Alice in Wonderland syndrome has a feeling that their entire body or parts of it have been altered in shape and size. The eyes themselves are normal, but the sufferer ‘sees’ objects with the wrong size or shape or finds that perspective is incorrect. This can mean that people, cars, buildings, etc. look smaller or larger than they should be, or that distances look incorrect; for example a corridor may appear to be very long, or the ground may appear too close. The syndrome is usually associated with visual hallucinations. Remember Alice shrinks and grow?! Lewis also suffered from a form of epilepsy in which consciousness is not always completely lost, but altered to a fantasy world, and in which the symptoms mimic many of the same experiences as Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis’ life shrouded in mystery. At least four complete volumes and around seven pages of text are missing from Dodgson’s diaries. The loss of the volumes remains unexplained; the pages have been deliberately removed by an unknown hand. Some said it was connected to his romance which was objected by his family, some said it has something to do with his pedophilia.  Who knows?

By the way, Queen of Hearts is not The Red Queen. The Queen of Hearts is part of the deck of card imagery which is present in the first book while the Red Queen is representative of a red chess piece, as chess is the theme present in the sequel. Many adaptations have mixed the characters, causing much confusion.




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