Throughout the novel, Alice faces the challenge of not only adolescency, but also finding her identity and her place within the cruel adult world and determining her relationships with others. Alice struggles to adapt to her ever-changing and perplexing surroundings in Wonderland, which contradict “the demure, pleasant and obedient ideal of Victorian girlhood” (Auerbach). The challenge of adolescence in this novel is evident from the first chapter. De Rooy states that “Lewis Carroll adore[s] the unprejudiced and innocent way young children approach the world. With Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, he [describes] how a child sees the adult world, including all of the rules and social etiquette… as well as the ego's and bad habits [adults develop] during their lives.” Alice’s adventures parallel the journey from innocent childhood to adulthood.
Carroll also adds strange diction and extraordinary syntax to support the theme. The title character, Alice, is a young girl around pre-teen age. In the real world, the adult characters always look down on her because of her complete nonsense. She is considered the average everyday immature child, but when she is placed in the world of "Wonderland," the roles seem to switch. The adult characters within Wonderland are full of the nonsense and Alice is now the mature person.
A place where it does not matter how big a person is, but the intellect that is in a person. Existing in the dreams of children everywhere, wonderland is a place of escape, causing a person to think in new, different ways: a place like no other. Through his novel, Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll captures and writes about a little girl’s adventures through her own dreamland. Upon waking up and telling her sister about her dream, her sister contemplates on wonderland, feeling as if she can throw her troubles away and escape to its enchantment. However, being older and having more responsibilities than Alice, she is forced to return to reality.
Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland follows a young girl named Alice on her adventures through her dream world of Wonderland. It is a scary world for “poor Alice”, as the narrator often calls her, as she battles changing size, being terrorized by over sized animals, and being yelled at by an evil queen. While battling all of these things she is also battling her own mental stability. In the novel, Lewis Carroll elaborates on Alice’s dreams and thoughts, and there are wide varieties of interpretations by readers. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, dreaming could debatably be one of the most important factors.
A Child's Struggle in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll's Wonderland is a queer little universe where a not so ordinary girl is faced with the contradicting nature of the fantastic creatures who live there. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a child's struggle to survive in the condescending world of adults. The conflict between child and adult gives direction to Alice's adventures and controls all the outstanding features of the work- Alice's character, her relationship with other characters, and the dialogue. " Alice in Wonderland is on one hand so nonsensical that children sometimes feel ashamed to have been interested in anything so silly (Masslich 107)." The underlying message of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a rejection of adult authority.
As a child one of life’s biggest questions is “who am I?” and finding it out is the tricky part. Children often sought out to be who their parents, family members or peers want them to be with little regard or thought for their own personal opinion. The early prepubescent years of life are the most important and fragile years of a child’s life. Alice takes on Wonderland comfortable in her own shoes but is immediately challenged from the start. Not being able to fit into the door that the white rabbit went into nearly drove Alice mad.
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Do you ever notice in stories, the female characters tend to be weak and sometimes have a mentor to guide them? Alice Adventures in Wonderland turned the tables on this type of character and made a strong, lively character Alice. Carroll disregarded the traditional plot lines and development of characters of his time by creating an empowered Alice, who overcomes the challenges in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Not only does Alice face different challenges through the story she also faces her pre-teen years of emotional and developmental stages. We can argue that Carroll disobeyed the normal childhood innocence by taking away Alice’s innocence because she had to go through Wonderland, facing different challenges that made her a strong young woman.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to another dimension? To travel somewhere, grow up and come back as the younger version of yourself but still having all the knowledge of your previous life? If your morals and beliefs were completely tested by the dimension you’ve entered. Would you still enter it? What if you had no choice?Alice in wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe are two novels that have the perfect combination of magic, imagination and fantasy which gives us the power to use a child’s like sense of wonder.