Essay about Alice in Wonderland Literary Analysis

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Alice In Wonderland Literary Analysis Many themes are explored when reading Lewis Carrol’s, Alice in Wonderland. Themes of childhood innocence, child abuse, dream, and others. Reading the story, it was quite clear to see one particular theme portrayed through out the book: child to adult progression. Alice in Wonderland is full of experiences that lead Alice to becoming more of herself and that help her grow up. It’s a story of trial, confusion, understanding, and success. And more confusion. Though others might argue that the story was distinctly made for children just to get joy out of funny words, and odd circumstances, the tale has obvious dynamics that confirm the fact of it being a coming of age story. Each encounter with the …show more content…
The cat says they are all mad in Wonderland; you have to be mad to live there. By this the cat is saying Alice wouldn’t have gotten to Wonderland, a place of such imagination, had she not still had the mind and imagination of a child. The cat also mentions it is Alice’s decision on where to go. Alice asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The cat responds, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”. The cat is saying here that it is Alice’s decision on whether or not she wants to grow up. She has the opportunity, but it’s not necessary to become an adult yet if she chooses not to. There is that little voice in all of us still as we live. We long to act like a child sometimes, whether it is to play in the playground, or cry to our mothers. There are times that we would rather be a child than deal with the stressors of being an adult. We have to make the conscious, and sometimes unconscious, decision to behave in one way or another. This is the cat. The one who points this out to us and shows the pros of both. The Queen of Hearts also plays a big role in some of the age defining moments Alice experiences. In the book, the Queen is a woman who seems to act as a child, despite her age. She has short hold of her temper, and likes to play games. Upon meeting Alice, she immediately challenges her in a game of croquet, showing her competitiveness. The queen symbolizes the

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