Although I did not know that Carroll was an antivivisectionist, it does now make sense through this work. A lot of people who have autism have a love for animals. A lot of the characters in Wonderland are anthropomorphic animals (giving animals a voice). Some of the animal characters are afraid and or suspicious of humans such as Alice and the Queen of Hearts. This can be seen as humans being the enemy, born out of fear that some humans’ harm animals. Alice clearly has a love for cats. She has a pet cat called Dinah and she is very happy to meet the Cheshire cat. “Dinah’ll miss me very much to-night, I should think!” Alice says to herself.
I disagree with the statement made about Carroll not being able to express emotions. Some people with autism express emotions differently and may misinterpret their own or others’ emotions. Just because Carroll didn’t express his emotions in a neurotypical fashion doesn’t mean he didn’t express his emotions in other ways or forms or establish emotional bonds.
People who have autism are usually thought of as being great at maths or science. They aren’t usually thought of as being imaginative or creative. However, this theory has been debunked through research at the universities of East Anglia and Stirling. Research was carried out to study creativity and autistic traits in a large group of people, including autistic and non-autistic people. The tests involved scenarios where participants had to come up with as many different uses for common objects in one minute.
“The authors found that individuals with higher levels of autistic traits made fewer suggestions than those with lower levels of autistic traits. Surprisingly, however, the suggestions from those with higher levels of traits had greater originality. It seems that being on the autistic spectrum is associated with being able to generate suggestions that were more creative.”
Carroll had both a creative and mathematical mind, it is entirely possible to have both. As the study shows, the people who took part who had higher levels of autistic traits had higher levels of originality. Their ideas were more creative even though they were fewer. The fact that Julie Brown has a whole book dedicated to beloved authors on the autism spectrum is proof that creativity is common in people with autism. The story of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ has been studied in many academic fields such as, maths, science, psychology, sociology, and gender studies.
‘Alice’s Adventures in a Wonderland’ is a story that has spoken to both children and adults with autism over the last 154 years and enjoyed by millions. Its characters are easily identifiable to some children and adults with autism. Carroll’s love for animals shows that people with autism have empathy. I believe Carroll is one of the most creative writers the literary world has ever known. Therefore, his stories will be read and loved for generations to come.