Analysis Of The Book ' Alice 's Wonderland ' Essay

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“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” Alice asks herself this shortly after entering Wonderland, although this line would not be at all out of place in any adolescent’s head (Carroll 15). Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is a novel that deals heavily with many aspects of identity, including finding and growing an identity as a child. Alice goes through many trials in the novel, and readers watch her change and adapt to get through all of these. Disney’s 1951 adaptation Alice in Wonderland has Alice go through many of these same challenges. Yet as a children’s film, some of the depth of these challenges is taken away. Alice in Wonderland showcases the ways childhood identity changes through internal conflict, contradictory behavior, and growth in logical thinking. Disney’s film hardly touches this theme, stripping it of all nuance and importance. The “Eat me/drink me” scene has very much become an iconic scene. But for something so heavily associated with childhood, there is a deceptively dark current running through it. In the novel, Alice is very much playing at being an adult, although the reader knows that she thinks very much like a child. Carroll’s use of understatement makes this obvious to the reader. Phrases such as, “if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds,” and “if you drink much from a bottle marked “poison,” it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later,” hint to the reader that Alice has a concept of…

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