Fairy-tales for Pleasure

I just wanted to branch off from the discussion we ended class with yesterday where we were talking about Avery’s article, Fairy-tales for Pleasure. When I read Alice in Wonderland, I did not feel that the story was an attempt by Carroll to educate children on morals and life-lessons, rather I read the story from a psychoanalytic perspective. Alice’s experience in Wonderland took place in a dream and this made me perceive the story as Alice’s response to her schooling and education in real life. The characters she encounters, such as the Queen of Hearts or the Cheshire Cat, resembled authorial figures in her life, possibly a teacher or older classmate. I felt that Alice’s conversations with these characters were a way for her to unconsciously respond to how her teachers and classmates made her feel in reality. Therefore, I feel that Carroll only tells a story showing a child’s reactions to authority rather than trying to moralistically educate children.