Lewis Carroll 's Alice 's Adventures

1292 WordsApr 28, 20176 Pages
In the realm of children’s stories, the reader is rarely required to uncover a deeper meaning concealed beneath the surface of the text. Lewis Carroll, however, is an exception to this rule. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is widely known as an amusing and lighthearted children’s story, yet beneath its surface lies many hidden truths. Unlike most authors, Carroll incorporates a great deal of nonsense into his work. Putting readers through many loops in order to decode his skewed logic, is what allows Carroll to stand apart from other authors. Hamidreza Hossein Mikhchi, author of the World Journal of English comments on this claim by saying, “Rather than a lack of meaning, the effect of nonsense is usually created by a…show more content…
Alice continues to experience physical changes throughout her entire journey in Wonderland, which allows her to learn how to cope with her transitions, similar to how teens learn to deal with their changing physique during puberty. Lewis Carroll successfully demonstrates the struggles adolescents are faced with in regards to their changing bodies through a series of preposterous and nonsensical events. Along with physical changes, Alice is faced with the challenge of finding her true identity, which is presented in a bizarre fashion. Alice initially begins to question her identity during her struggles with physical changes. Upon growing an extreme amount, Alice questions her existence by asking herself, “Who in the world am I?[...] I am so very tired of being all alone here” (Carroll 10,11). Alice’s confusion in regards to her identity leaves her feeling very alone in a strange world, similar to how many teens feel when they are in the process of finding themselves. Later on in her dreamland, Alice comes in contact with a caterpillar who also challenges the question of identity by asking her, “Who are you?” [and she replies,] “I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present - at least I know who I was when I got up this morning but I think I must have been changed several times since then” (Carroll 34). The caterpillar forces Alice to contemplate both her identity and the physical changes she is experiencing. Alice compares
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