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Alice in Wonderland: Childhood to Adulthood

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Transcript of Alice in Wonderland: Childhood to Adulthood

Loss of Innocence
Alice journeys in Wonderland represent a child’s struggle to live in the confusing world of adults. To begin to understand the adult world Alice must overcome the open-mindedness that is a characteristic for children.
In the beginning of the novel, she can barely maintain enough composure to stop herself from crying. But by the end, she is able to stand her ground against all the unusual things that occur in Wonderland. This shows her loss of innocence.
She begins to manage situations and handle them as an adult would, she learns to stand up to authority in order to get taken seriously, such as the Queen of Hearts. Little by little she begins to lose her childhood imagination and starts to “see things for what they really are”, she realizes that the creatures of Wonderland are nothing but playing cards. She matures to the point where Wonderland no longer welcomes her.
She wakes up with a different view of the world, from a more realistic point of view
Physical Changes
When Alice enters Wonderland, she experiences a world that is much different from her own. Several times during the story Alice’s physical size changes, she struggles to maintain a comfortable size. She physically grows then shrinks again, which can be both frightening and exhilarating.
These constant changes represent the discomfort that a child experiences when they transition into puberty, so in other words the transition from childhood to adolescence then on to adulthood.
Wonderland
Alice meets several creatures during her adventures in Wonderland. Such as the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, The Queen of Hearts, etc.

“The characters try to antagonize her, confuse her, tell her what to do, and even try to behead her” . The “adults” she meets, order her around, and give her advice, and act like their wise, but their orders are often cruel and ridiculous. The adults seem to be untrustworthy, and less good then they should be from the point of view of an innocent child.
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is about a 7 year old girl who must find her way through a magical place called Wonderland. Alice’s story is the story of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Alice’s change in size, her being forced into maturity, and her loss of innocence all directly correlates to the theme of growing up.

Alice in Wonderland: Childhood to Adulthood
Alice thought
"It was much pleasanter at home...when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits." (Caroll 28).
Alice Meet the "All-Known" Caterpillar
“Who are you? said the Caterpillar, Alice then replied “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… I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid sir, said Alice, because I’m not myself you see.”
By: Taylor Chiesa
Childhood to Adulthood
Alice is tired of the changes that are occurring. But with these changes comes a new perspective, she ends up seeing the world from a different point of view
This directly shows how Alice is confused with the idea of growing up that she feels as though she’s losing touch with who she really is, she's losing touch with her inner child.
Thesis
Alice's story is the story of the transition from childhood to adulthood
Physical Changes
Throughout the story, Alice experiences frequent physical changes. She's constantly shrinking and growing, she struggles to maintain a comfortable size.
Wonderland
When Alice enters Wonderland she meets many creatures and gets put in many different situations. On this journey she is forced to mature and learn how to handle situations for herself.
Loss of Innocence
Alice enters Wonderland an innocent child with a vivid imagination. However when she leaves she is somewhat grown up and feels as though she has changed into a young adult.
Conclusion
The story of Alice's adventures in Wonderland tells the story of a girl who enters Wonderland a child and leaves transitioned into a young adult. This is shown by her physical changes, her forced into maturity by the creatures in Wonderland, and her loss of childhood innocence.
Once her vivid imagination is gone she is no longer welcome in Wonderland.
Works Cited
“Themes And Motifs in the 'Alice' Stories.” - Lenny's Alice in Wonderland site. Web. 7 Jul. 2015. <http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/school/themes.html>

“Analysis.” a Tribute: Alice and Wonderland. Web. 7 Jul. 2015. <http://hannahsalicewonderlandtribute.weebly.com/2/post/2013/05/analysis.html>

“The LitCharts Study Guide to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.” LitCharts. Web. 28 Jul. 2015. <http://www.litcharts.com/lit/alice-s-adventures-in-wonderland/themes>

“Growing Up In Wonderland.” Alices Trifles. N.p., Mar. 2009. Web. 28 Jul. 2015. <https://aliceproject1.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/growing-up-in-wonderland/>

“Growing Up Is a Theme in Lewis Carrol's Alice's Books.” Growing up Is a Theme in Lewis Carrol's Alice's Books. Web. 28 Jul. 2015. <http://www.academia.edu/8851890/growing_up_is_a_theme_in_lewis_carrol_s_alice_s_books>
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