Growing up is a scary time for almost everyone in the world. The new feelings, experiences, perspectives, and way of thinking changes us. It is a time that can be both full of surprises and disappointments, and also intimacy. Lewis Carroll became a very successful author in portraying everything that is encountered growing up. It has been proven that many readers and also professors from high universities like Princeton and Yale, have claimed that the story completely pertains to adolescence and every experience gained from it through the uses of symbolism, themes, motifs, and imagination.
Alice in Wonderland is full of different objects and uses of symbolism through the story. Each character introduces a new problem and challenges Alice to make a decision. One of the most obvious aspects of symbolism used was when Alice would eat or drink something she’d encounter and grow in size, or become tiny. It is a symbol of puberty and the physical changes including the emotional changes as well as the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing how much she would grow each time. “The first thing I’ve got to do,” said Alice to herself, as she wandered about in the wood, “is to grow to my right size again; and the second thing is to find my way into that lovely garden. I think that will be the best plan.”
Another symbol that was used was the garden and the rabbit. Just like every teenage, Alice made up her mind that she would find the rabbit again and that she would enter the beautiful garden. It had become her very own quest and she was determined to go after them unable to think of anything else until she got it. This represents every adolescents’ desires to get what they want, even if attempting to, could bring a numerous amount of problems or obstacles ahead. This quest brings Alice a different perspective when she finally entered the garden. Ironically it was an accurate facet of a teenager’s life and the sudden change of mood and behavior that changed afterwards.
“So you think you’re changed, do you?”
“I’m afraid I am, Sir,” said Alice. “I can’t remember things as I used—and I don’t keep the same size for ten minutes together!”
“Can’t remember what things?” said the Caterpillar.
“Well, I’ve tried to say ‘How doth the little busy bee,’ but it all came different!” Alice replied in a very melancholy voice.”
Lewis Carroll was also very accurate in using motifs and flashbacks. The most evidence found would be the motif of a dream and the very sudden change from reality to Wonderland. The story itself was written to be all a part of Alice’s imagination. It was meant to be just a dream that she finds herself in one afternoon while out with her sister and tired of recitals and living with boring rules and traditions. But the dream soon vanishes and as Alice wakes up, she suddenly changes perspective on those boring things she once thought of and learned to appreciate more of the company that she had of rational and real people unlike the mad hatter or every...