Character Relations and Literary Elements in Alice in Wonderland

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"Go on a journey, And roam the streets. Can't see the way out, And so use the stars. She sits for eternity, And then climbs out." These lyrics, taken from Sigur Rós' Glósóli, depict a sort of awakening or beginning of new life. In the novel Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass And What She Found There by Lewis Carroll, Alice undergoes a kind of awakening or embarkation on a life journey when she enters Wonderland because she learns many things about life there that she would not have in the real world. When Alice meets the Caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mock Turtle, she learns a lot about life, etiquette, and people's personalities outside of her childish rules and learned manners. Alice matures and…show more content…
Life is a vast sea of information and opportunity; a "Wonderland" of sorts if you will. "The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed ‘Off with her head! Off—‘ ‘Nonsense!' said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent" (Carroll 61). If one imagines themselves in this situation, I'm sure they would not shout, "Nonsense!" as they are speaking to a Queen. Alice's ignorance allows her to intimidate the King, who nervously consoles his wife that Alice is "only a child". This allowed the Queen to tolerate Alice more through her stay in Wonderland. Alice's mannerisms, had she learned them above-ground, would not have prevailed in this account, for she disrespectfully spoke outward to an authority figure, an act most certainly not tolerated by her real world peers and betters. "Significantly, most of her rules consist of ‘don'ts, obviously laid down by adults and now taken on complete faith by this literal-minded and priggish child" (Rackin 64). This proves Alice has not yet reached a stage in her life where she is taught to respect authority, because in every other aspect of the book, Alice remembers what she learns above-ground and uses that information to help her in Wonderland. In Wonderland, Alice is intimidated by the characters she meets, as the reader has seen throughout the book. Alice is constantly reminded she is a foreigner in Wonderland, and is constantly alienated for it. It seems almost
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