Alice By Alice Chapter Summaries

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The theme of the book, in my opinion, would be growing up, particularly going through puberty and experiencing an identity crisis. In chapter one, Alice’s first obstacle is to fit through a door into a beautiful garden. A bottle that shrinks and a cake that grows where the means to diminish her problem. Throughout the book, her variety of sizes gives Alice a lot of grief. She cannot seem to control it; it confuses her and makes her feel sad, frustrated and uncomfortable. Her height problems can allude to puberty, where one often feel strange in one’s own body and the unexpected growth can be awkward and difficult. In chapter five, Alice is mistaken for a serpent by a pigeon; her body is down on the ground, but her neck is stretched out over the treeline. Given knowledge over puberty, unsymmetrical growth of body parts are normal. In the encounter with the caterpillar, Alice …show more content…

The society is filled with rules and norms, some that not even make sense. It is difficult to understand it, and for a child it sometimes would be understood as absurd. Perhaps the book’s theme is about how absurd the real world of adulthood is; absurdness and nonsense camouflaged under the label “normal”. For a child going through puberty, the world changes. It is no longer simple and logical. There are new rules to learn and new ways to behave. The confusion and changes one goes through often shakes one to the core, one’s own identity. The German psychologist Erik Eriksson’s eight stages of psychosocial development states that in adolescence one meet the problem identity vs. role confusion One is bound to be confused about one’s role in the society and experiment to find out whom one are. Alice’s confusion about herself is an example of this crisis that often happens in the transition from childhood to adulthood. Therefore, I will say that themes such as puberty and identity crisis goes under one larger theme, growing

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