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December 2, 2009

Alice shows characteristics of growing up and conflicts a pre-adult encounters. The most prominent is the questioning of her identity.

As she meets animals and people in Wonderland they all ask who she is. Alice struggles to answer the question. She emits doubt and lack of confidence in herself, like most teenagers. She doesn’t really know who she is, so when asked she can’t give a truthful reply. The rabbit mistakes her for Mary Ann, and she eventually did not believe she was Alice. Among her own  doubting who she is, the raven doubts what she is as well. As Alice changes physical appearance multiple times she loses herself, and the raven, with her long neck and like of eggs, mistakes her for a serpent. So not only is she dubious about who she is on the inside she is also uncertain about what she is on the outside. Additionally, the Cheshire Cat implores upon her sanity.

On page 66 he claims that,

“You must be [mad], or you wouldn’t have come here [to Wonderland].”

Alice is not the only one to question who she is. The Duchess’ baby turns into a pig, and the jury at the court have to write down their own names down because they may forget them. Wonderland is like the beginnings of adulthood, it shows how  it is common to not really know who or what you are.

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  1. December 2, 2009 8:13 pm

    Alice’s lost identity is one of the main themes of the story. When we dream we often dream of things we desire or things we don’t understand. Alice is in a phase in her life where the world around her is a bit confusing. As the world around her is being transitioned she begins to lose her own identity. As you have also notice a lot of the creatures in Wonderland seem to have identity problems of their own. Wonderland is a place where we can truly express ourselves. When we are able to be who we truly are we can find our lost identity.

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