Theme Of Growing Up In Alice In Wonderland

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The theme of growing up is a big part within Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. One of the ways this is shown is through the loss of self identity and physically growing and shrinking. This is shown whithin chapter two “The Pool of Tears”. Alice is faced with the obstical of being too large from drinking a bottle of liquid, this presents a problem for her as she desperately tries to get into the garden ‘lying down on her side, to look through into the garden with one eye’ (17) This gives the reader more of a understanding about how large she has become, the imagery of Alice lying down but not being able to do anything else other than peep through the door is very vivid, even though it is such a short description.
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Being too big to fit into the small door presents the idea that the sudden change in growth means she cannot do some of the things she used to be able to do. she will have to be logical about her next step and not react emotionally because it can have its consequences. But Alice’s abnormally large size makes her unable to separate reason from reacting emotionally, she scolds herself but then starts crying again ‘to go on crying in this way! Stop this moment, I tell you’ (17) This presents Alice with the struggle of becoming the authority figure, being her own adult but also trying to still be a child. This middle ground is relatable for any child growing up. These childlike qualities e.g crying and not understanding that she has grown too large makes Alice more sympathetic. The reader can understand her frustration and …show more content…
Ah, THAT’S the great puzzle!’ (18) by making it a puzzle Alice is determined to use logic to solve it. Carroll presents a moral message of responsibitly and ‘social norms’ throughout the text. This is shown through how Alice has to understand wonderland but also become responsible for her own nonsense throughout the novel, only then can she escape back into the real world. Applying basic logic to wonderland does not work when trying to do the multiplication table ‘four times seven is oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!’ (19) it becomes logical nonsense just like the puzzle of who Alice is. Logic and puzzles are a prominent theme within the text and this is mainly because Carroll had a fascination with logic puzzles and games. In the end Alice finds it easier to accept the logic of nonsense within wonderland or she could go mad with

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