Transforming for the Sake of Transforming

Alice’s transformations in size seem to come to us fairly often throughout her journey. Her size does not alter her personality, but perhaps alters her understanding; in addition to ours. What do Alice’s transformations mean to the story, to the reader? Alice does it quite often, which can mean one of two things. Either her transformations are highly important, or since they occur regularly, the have little relevance. The latter of the two is ideas is most likely not the answer, but still an option when deciphering the ‘code’ in Alice’s story. While Alice is a dynamic character through her size, the same may not be true for her actual person.

Alice earlier on had shown her childness when she was with the mouse. Alice angered the mouse when she continually spoke about dogs and cats. The book shows Alice doing this again when she is ‘uncivilized to the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse at the tea party. The three others are also quite uncivilized to Alice, and again her personality identifies itself with that of the characters she meets. This happened earlier with the other animals after the “swim in tears” (except for the mouse), when the all are only concerned with the idea of fun. The world that Alice enters seems to be conceived from her mind alone. The characters may mean more, but there is no sense in the world. The characters ignore one another and have genuinely no care for one another. The Queen always wants to behead people, the Duchess take no care of the baby, and the rabbit has paid hardly any attention to Alice over the three times they have met. Alice seems to care for the animals, but she does not show it because she neglects the animals’ feelings. She kicks Bill the lizard, talks of cats to a mouse, and disrupts a tea party by interrupting. The animals and Alice can easily identify themselves with one another because of their similar personality traits.

Her size really has no relevance for her personality because she is the same to all animals no matter what size she is. She was mean to Bill when she was large, and mean to the mouse when she was smaller. The size change must have importance, though, because if this book was written for adults there would have to be some significance. In my opinion, her size change alters her appearance, and so far that is all that it does. Some may argue with me, but I can not see anything else that her size changing alters other than just that-her size. The book takes on different connotations though, which alter our opinions. After all, isn’t analyzing just one’s point of view, one’s opinion?

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  1. Your idea of things that occur regularly not having importance struck me as being an unfortunate but true observation. When I thought about it I did realize that the more I do something or think about it the less valued it becomes to me UNLESS I really care about it. If there is a level of love or even caring then it is simpler to never stop loving it. It seems as though Alice could really care less about her size changes as, during the trail when she is starting to get larger she doesn’t care as long as she still fits. She doesn’t care what will happen if she gets too big. It was very child-like to not think of the consequences of having to be small to get it and then getting bigger on the inside. Also, I absolutely concur with the fact that she seems to be a little acidic to most of the creatures she meets. Overall, well written post.


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