Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Final Paper
In the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll, Alice tries to find her own identity as she navigates her way through the strange fictitious world called “Wonderland”. Carroll uses both changes in Alice’s physical size, as well as, situations where there is confusion about her identity to illustrate the young heroine’s identity crisis and difficulties she faces in growing up. Whether she is small or tall, Alice never seems to be the right size and she often feels confused and unhappy with her current height. In order to move forward in her journey, Alice must constantly eat or drink things to make herself smaller or taller so that she fits into her surroundings. While in Wonderland, Alice is constantly associating changes in her size with changes in who she is which only adds to her confusion about her own identity. Throughout the novel, she tries to control her body size in order to control who she is and be the right size for the situation. In Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Alice must Lewis Carroll provides the reader with a first glimpse into Alice’s identity crisis in the scene where she believes she has changed into another little girl named Mabel, shortly after chasing the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole. After first shrinking down to ten inches and then growing to more than nine feet tall, Alice feels as if she has been transformed into this other child and states “I’m certain! I must have been changed for Mabel!”. (pg 14) Alice is feeling like a different person and these feelings are making her question her own identity to the point where she actually believes she is now someone different. This feeling of being somebody else and not being comfortable in her own body corresponds to changes in her height which demonstrate how she associates changes in size with changes in her own identity. She is no longer the little girl she was when she woke up that morning,...
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