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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

ProfPat's Main Page

ProfPat's Education Links

Department Information

Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website

Humanities Program

Jerome Richfield Hall 253
Phone: 818.677.3431

Humanities Program Website

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Discussion Guide



Alice, Alice's Sister, White Rabbit, Mouse, Duck, Dodo, Lory, Eaglet, Old Crab, Old Magpie, Canary, Dinah, Pat, Bill the Lizard, Puppy, Caterpillar, Father William, Father William's Son, Pigeon, Fish-Footman, Frog-Footman, Duchess, Cook, Cheshire Cat, March Hare, The Mad Hatter, Dormouse, Spade Gardeners, King of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Knave of Hearts, Three Sisters, Mock Turtle, Gryphon, Guinea Pigs, Pig/Baby, Mary Ann


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes such as: Personal Identity, Abandonment/loneliness, Children & animals, Death, Nonsense, Fantasy, Nature, Time & Space, Imagination, etc.

Do symbols foreshadow the plot, affect tone and/or meaning?

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Science: Animals & Nature, Time & Space.

Social Studies: English Culture/History, Monarchy, Imagination/Fantastic Stories, Use of Nonsense.

Classroom Projects: Art, Vocabulary, Writing