The Idea Of Romanticism In Alice's Pack Of Cards

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Last in this trilogy is the final step of the book’s main protagonist maturing and becoming an adult. This is evident upon Alice’s realisation that adults and rules only have as much power as you allow them to have over you, when she exclaims “who cares for you? […] You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” Through only allowing this to happen at the end, Carroll demonstrates the idea of romanticism by clearly favouring the childhood innocence of Alice throughout the majority of the novella and allowing Alice to mature naturally as she learns of her own accord, making mistakes along the way such as eating the wrong piece and food an accidentally growing to large/too small multiple times when attempting to first enter the garden, which is okay as she is only a child and is…show more content…
As briefly mentioned before, Alice experiences an epiphany when she is told by the Queen of Hearts to decide who is guilty of stealing the tarts; “sentence first – verdict after-wards”, and instead, flat out refuses and expresses how she will not be suppressed by a “pack of cards”. These cards represent the adults in society through the material of cardboard, reflecting the idea that rules created by them have no substance and they are merely used in the game of society – like how the cards are just pieces of paper at the Queen of Heart’s disposal because they always do as she says. This again links into the idea that rules are not made with power, man give them power by following them without complaint. It is almost as if people follow rules as guidelines to give their life structure and the ability to appear civilised (and increase status levels), inferring they are unable to find a better reason for living – similarly to how everyone merely accepted Hitler’s reign initially because he gave them a reason to fight (to restore Germany’s previous ‘glory’) where they used to feel

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