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lottieh | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted June 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM via web

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What is an analysis of the quote from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast?

Could some help me fully analyse the following quote please?

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM (Answer #1)

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While many may recognize the quote from Tim Burton's 2010 filmatic adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, many may not know that it was actually the queen who spoke the words and not Alice.

As for the quote itself, it refers to the fact that one can only do impossible things if they believe in impossible things. Here, Alice does not recognize the existence, or importance, of the imagination.

Being imaginative does take practice. One cannot know how to be imaginative if they have never tried, If one has never tried, they may not believe that imaginative things can actually happen.

Essentially, the queen is trying to get Alice to understand that the imagination is a powerful thing. Alice needs the power in order to challenge, and defeat, the Jabberwocky. The queen is trying to get Alice to understand that having an imagination give one power. This idea parallels with the theme of absurdity.

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