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through the looking glass is a children fiction but how does it capture adult attention?

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laleleki | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM via web

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through the looking glass is a children fiction but how does it capture adult attention?

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flamingogirl | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is a children's book, but its themes and settings -- a mirror image of Alice in Wonderland which is based on a chess game -- appeal to the thought processes of adults.

Because the story is based on a game of chess, it would actually require an adult mindset to fully comprehend the references to each character as a chess piece. For example, the Red Queen is breathtakingly fast, representing the agility and relative freedom of movement of queen as a chess piece. Likewise, other characters move in a (somewhat) corresponding manner as the chess pieces they represent.

The chess theme also lends itself to political implications, with Alice being used as a pawn in the giant game. Adults understand this concept, but children typically do not.

 

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