AliceNovember 30, 2009
If the Alice in the story is anything like the Alice that really existed, then Alice was a child of a wealthy English family. Alice is a confident and adventurous girl. Her need to explore allows her to venture through Wonderland though constantly questioning everything about Wonderland. In the beginning of the book Alice has trouble converting from her logical world to this precarious and illogical world. Alice came into this world with a strong belief of her education and the behavior of good manners. This is supported by all the scenes where Alice tells a character that what it is doing is rude. It is also supported by the scene where Alice has a debate with the turtle about who had the better form of education. Alice’s traditional customs are close to useless in this new environment since the two worlds are completely different. Alice continuously questions her surroundings because she is so unfamiliar with them. Near the end of the story Alice questions her surroundings less and less. I believe this is because her she is becoming more and more accustomed to her surroundings. As the story comes closer to the end Alice slowly loses her sense of manners. She is constantly correcting and interrupting those around her. This is because she is starting to act like those around her and she does not have someone of higher authority to impede her decline of manners. Throughout Her journey through Wonderland Alice is constantly questioning her identity. For example when the caterpillar ask her “who are you” Alice in not capable to answer. Many readers ask themselves or others why this is. I believe it is because her surroundings is so unfamiliar to the point where she questions who herself is. Alice must choose between living the life as she was raised to live or living her life Wonderland has encouraged her to live. Her journey through Wonderland has forced her to grow as an individual. She experiences emotions such as fear, excitement, and courage. Specific actions force Alice to step up and mature to her highest levels. An example of this is when Alice questioned the power of the Queen by talking to her in an ill fashioned tone in chapter nine. Though she was still afraid of her to a certain degree she still stood up to her. Alice’s journey through Wonderland helped her identify and mature herself as an individual.