Teenage Angst …

3 12 2009

While I have seen many blog entries over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland being a metaphor for drug use I have yet to see one (besides my own), that talks about “Wonderland” as being a metaphor for growing up.

I believe that the story of Alice has always taken second place to its metaphors. So when I say the main metaphor of “Alice” is a tale of a child growing up, I believe that this is what the story is about in general. Throughout Wonderland you see Alice questioning, thinking and offending people. These actions are the kind of thing one would expect from a child and indeed Alice is one.

But if you read carefully you see that the three childish traits I mention slowly disappear the closer we go towards the end of the story. These three traits slowly turn into confidence, anger, and respect. When talking to the mouse at the beginning everything Alice seems to say offends the small rodent. A similar conversation happens with as nearly an interesting character towards the end. The conversation between Alice, the “mock turtle”, and the Gryphon, is very similar to the conversation with the mouse.

So the question is why does that conversation not end the way the first did? The answer is because Alice learned to hold her tongue. There are several instances where Alice was about to say something that would have offended both creatures, but she stopped herself just in time. This scene indicates that Alice genuinely does change throughout the story. In many of the scenes close to the beginning she was very shy and often worried. However at the end when she rows to her normal size she even confronts the Queen of Hearts. Once she does this she then wakes up from her dream.

Perhaps this means that having grown to her full height and confronting the Queen of Hearts was all she really needed to do to stop sleeping, or if we are considering it as the metaphor for growing up that she finally was an adult.


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13 12 2009
Ryan S.

Why thank you.

12 12 2009
Cathy

very insightful, Ryan

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