Mike Allen

Professor Murray
Children’s Literature
5 January 2016
The Maturation of Alice
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis
Carroll are two definitive works of children’s literature. They follow young Alice on her
journeys through magical lands. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The
Looking Glass are set six months apart exactly, and in this time Alice displays an advance
in her maturity through how she handles the incredibly adversarial creatures of
Wonderland and their attempts to provoke her. Freud says dreams are the manifestation
of our subconscious, and there is a clear connection made in both Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass to dreams and dreaming. Perhaps this
means the characters that litter her dreams are reflective of Alice’s subconscious mind
state, whereas Alice herself is conscious of her own decisions throughout. So, regardless
of whether Alice’s adventures are dreams or not the reader can suppose that the way Alice
reacts to the situations that arise are representative of how she would respond in her
waking life, and are representative of her overall maturity. From this I would conclude
that Alice does mature between Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The
Looking Glass.
An instance that displays Alice’s maturity is when she deals with Tweedledee and
Tweedledum. The imagery of a rattle communicates to the reader that the brothers are
similar to infants or toddlers in the way they behave. There adolescent behavior causes

The different ways in which Alice handles her interactions with these two characters shows growth in her character. Print. Print. for fear of hurting his feelings. Two characters that appear to be incredibly similar to each other are the Caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Humpty Dumpty from Through The Looking Glass. New York: Fall River Press. helping them suit up for their skirmish much the way a mother helps her children get dressed when they are young. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works. Print. with Humpty Dumpty Alice says something that is equally unsociable remarking “and how exactly like an egg he is!”3 However.”2 which is incredibly tactless of Alice and leads to strained relations between her and the caterpillar. When dealing with the Caterpillar Alice comments “three inches is such a wretched height to be. Lewis. New York: Fall River Press. Now. .Alice to take on a bit of a maternal big sister to the two of them. 2014. Page 191. Lewis. 2 Carroll. especially in regards to her ability to approach situations with a more accepting attitude. and she “laughed loud: but she managed to turn it into a cough. Lewis. 3 Carroll. Page 177. so while not the master of polite discourse she has at least taken a step in the proper direction. definitely a sign of maturity. Page 53.”1 This shows Alice’s ability to empathize with the feelings of others. Print. Page 191.”4 This shows that Alice has made enough progress to at least realize when she has insulted someone. 2014. Alice makes an attempt to recover by stating “and some eggs are pretty you know. New York: Fall River Press. following Humpty Dumpty’s incredulous response. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works. 2014. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works. 2014. Another example of Alice showing maturity around Tweedledee and Tweedledum is when one of them is mentoring Alice on the gravity of losing ones head in a battle. New York: Fall River Press. 1 Carroll. Lewis. 4 Carroll. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works.

Bibliography: Carroll. Alice shows much growth between the six months separating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass considering her age. . Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Classic Works. New York: Fall River Press. 2014.Alice shows maturity for her age in the way she handles the creatures of Wonderland. Print. For a girl of seven years old she does a remarkable job of navigating the perils of a magical land where most creatures appear to exist only to antagonize her. but overall she deals well with the fantastical strangers she encounters. Her patience can occasionally be worn thin. She speaks clearly and often displays a tremendous wit. Lewis.