Camus (Blackwell Great Minds) by David Sherman

By David Sherman

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Publish yr note: First released October twentieth 2008

Reflecting the profound impact he keeps to exert on renowned awareness, Camus examines the full physique of works of French writer and thinker Albert Camus, offering a complete research of Camus' most crucial works--most significantly The fantasy of Sisyphus, The Stranger, The Fall, The Plague, and The Rebel--within the framework of his easy moral orientation.

• Makes Camus' matters transparent in phrases that might resonate with modern readers
• finds the team spirit and integrity of Camus' writings and political activities
• Discusses Camus' ongoing relevance by way of displaying how he prefigures many postmodern positions in philosophy, literature, and politics

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On July 4, 1862, the four of them, in company with Reverend Robinson Duckworth, took a boat trip up the Thames River. As they traveled upstream, Dodgson told the story that would become Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Alice Liddell. She later recorded that she was so enchanted with the story that she demanded he write it down for her. He did so, and on November 26, 1864, he presented a handwritten and selfillustrated copy of the story to her, under the title Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

The Cat reappears and provokes an argument between the executioner and The King of Hearts about whether one can decapitate a bodiless character. The Cheshire Cat’s grin is one of the most debated questions about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Why does the Cheshire Cat grin? There was a common phrase in Carroll’s time, “to grin like a Cheshire Cat,” but no one really knows how the phrase originated. One theory holds that the grin 2 3 A l i c e ’ s A d v e n t u r e s i n W o n d e r l a n d is based on pictures of grinning lions that a local painter used to paint on the signboards of inns.

Even the animals she encounters treat her as a Victorian adult might treat a small child. The White Rabbit and the Caterpillar order her about. They also break the rules of politeness that adults have drilled into Alice. The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and (to a lesser extent) the Dormouse are all rude to her in various degrees. They also break the rules of logic that Alice has been taught to follow. It is not until Alice stops trying to understand the Wonderland residents logically and rejects their world that she “comes of age”—she takes responsibility for her own actions and breaks powerfully out of her dream world.

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