Changing Sizes

2 11 2009

Alice acted very weird during her time in the room. She drank the potion and became very big. The first thing that she thinks about is will she be able to put on her shoes. I think Carroll is sending a message about a child’s innocence. She doesn’t instantly think about the bigger problem of her growing so big. She didn’t think that if she grew too big that she would die. Then she starts talking to herself about having the bigger shoes. I don’t really know what Carroll is doing with Alice’s conversation with herself. Is he telling us that children’s minds can wander off even when there are more pressing matters going on around them.

Carroll must really like it when Alice changes size. It has only been 2 chapters and she has already changed her size a couple of times. Does he think that girls represent different things when they are a certain size? Other than that Carroll seems to use 3 pretty significant sizes. Alice is either really big, small, or she is just her normal size. One of Carroll’s hobbies was to photograph children, particularly girls. He probably took pictures of girls that were small, big, and normal, so this is why he probably uses so many sizes for Alice. Another reason why he uses so many sizes is probably to allow Alice to fit many personalities.
If you were a young girl reading this book, you could be Alice whether you were really big or small. This is why the book is and was so popular to so many people.

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2 12 2009
Gage L.

I believe that Carroll was just trying to make Alice adapt to her environment. But maybe Carroll is trying to say that you must be malleable and change to fit a positive role in society? Or simply just be accepted? I believe Carroll is trying to show that in every situation you must adapt to your surroundings just to survive or be accepted by others. He made Alice drink these vials of liquid to change size because she must change her appearance just to be accepted by these wondrous characters of Wonderland. Maybe Carroll was inspired to write this story by more then one little girl and he had to make them change size so that they could al be apart of the story? Only Carroll knows himself.

12 11 2009
Hagen F.

Childhood innocence versus adult cynicism. That is what Carroll is trying to depict, and I agree with your statement about her innocence. You also worte about how the book can be used for many audiences based upon one’s size. How odd to think of it that way because normally audience is determined by plot, vocabulary, etc. I do believe in what you are saying, though. Anyone can read this book, and size helps. The book has comments for adults and kids, large or small, can identify themselves with Alice both based on her innocence (like you said) and her size (whatever it may be at the time).

Here are two other posts about Alice’s size. They are not particularly about what you wrote, but still dabble in her size debate.

My own size debate (Alice Project #1) – Transforming for the Sake of Transforming

Erin M.’s size debate (Alice Project #1) – Carroll and Alice Intertwined

8 11 2009
Edward C.

Like you I also believe Charles is trying to state a point by making Alice’s 1st reactions to her increase in size her shoes. Maybe his point was to say children are naive. Maybe his point was to say that children are easily distracted even when they are in serious circumstances. This question can only be truly resolved by Charles himself, Along with many other questions about the book.

I believe Alice’s size changes represent so much more. Charles might have made Alice change sizes to suit his audience but I believe there is a deeper more powerful reason why he chooses size to alter. Charles uses Alice’s size to put her through obstacles. Therefore he might be using size to show what a little child is capable of doing.

Once again only Charles himself can truely answer these questions correctly.

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