While reading chapters 2 and 3 for class tomorrow, we come across the theme of identity as being very prominent in “Through the Looking-Glass & What Alice Found There”. We saw identity as a large theme in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (especially when she was talking to the caterpillar and reciting what she thought she knew/should know) and it is now again showing up in Looking-Glass (when she talks to the Gnat and is in the woods with the fawn). This seems to be a strong theme in Carroll’s works. Any ideas or suggestions as to why?
Today in class we talked about the ending of Alice in Wonderland, and the significance of Alice obtaining the authority to stand up against the court and finally get out of Wonderland. My thought about the ending kinda ties in with the Victorian Age and the “lessons” that the kids during that time would learn.
Maybe Wonderland was a lesson that Alice needed in order to learn how to stand up for who she was and for her beliefs, even if that does go against the beliefs of what a Victorian woman/girl could and should do. Maybe being able to control her size shows how Alice can control her emotions and her actions outside of Wonderland and when to stand up for herself and her beliefs at certain and appropriate times.
Leave comments and input, I would love to know what you guys think!