Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland. New York City: Barnes and Nobles Classics, 2004. 272-13. Print.

ISBN-10: 1-59308-015-8

Title: Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

Author: Lewis Carroll.

Name: Dana Nguyen.

Recommended Audience:  Young Teenagers

The main character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass was Alice.  In the book, Alice was a seven-year-old girl who had entered a world of magic and wonders.  Alice changed throughout the book because she first started off as an innocent girl who hasn’t known the real world yet.  Alice had to quickly adapt herself to the new environment.  Alice couldn’t help but grow up and Wonderland might be part of her own imagination because children want to remain young forever and not grow up.Alice’s innocence proved to be a disadvantage when she meets an enemy.  Alice is a living embodiment of youth because she is a living example of a child growing up into adulthood.  Alice had to quickly adapt to her surroundings to be able to survive in the “big kids” world.  She had fallen in a hole that changed her view for the better or worse?  Alice had to grow and give up her innocence along the way as a result.  Alice is constantly taking different sizes since the beginning of the book when she eats the “eat me” cookie and drinks a “drink me” bottle.  This connects to the idea that Alice is growing over time and her body changes with her.  As she gets older, her body will adjust to the age and Alice won’t be able to control this process because children will eventually have to grow up.

In Through the Looking-glass, Alice doesn’t grow as much but she changes her size through the chess pieces until she becomes a Queen. A major theme in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass was freedom.Whenever Alice grew larger, she would feel restricted because she is too large to move around.  Alice was young when the book started off so as she lost her innocence, she also grew older.  She had more freedom because there were no adults in Wonderland to restrict her from doing anything she wants.  Which means that she had to grow up as a result.  In addition, whenever Alice grows smaller, she feels vulnerable because she is tiny compared to her surroundings.  This compares to childhood because when a child grows up, he/she is required to live to their parent’s expectations which restricts them to do what they like.  Also, when a child was younger, he/she relied on their parents so they were weak against their surroundings.  Alice didn’t have to follow anybody’s orders because in Wonderland, everybody was relaxed and carefree. Wonderland was her escape from the outside world and she went through a mini adventure.  She discovered herself along the way and made friends with different creatures.  Along the way she meets a caterpillar who had opened up her eyes to a new perspective.

Chess served as a metaphor in Through the Looking-glass because Alice started off as a chess pawn which is the lowest ranking.  This could be similar to her age because she was seven in the book which shows that she was young and inexperienced.  Alice has to quickly become a queen because she can move in any squares or directions in the game.  This is similar to how adults can freely move without feeling restricted.  Alice has to become a queen to be able to win against the other queens.  As she finally reaches the last stage and become queen, there was a celebration to commemorate her being a queen.  The party is similar to a girl entering into womanhood when she reaches a certain age.

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