A Trip into Wonderland
In the magical world of Wonderland anything can happen. There could be a time for learning, adventure, or in Alice’s case, growth. In the novel Alice in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll, foreshadowing is used to show growth in Alice’s life along with the use of mushrooms for physical growth and her attitude for emotional growth and courage to stand up for herself with mental growth.
Alice in Wonderland was written based on a specific time period: The Victorian Era. During this Era Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. While she was in power, this Era had been a time of peace, prosperity, and national self confidence (Victoria 1). Most importantly though, this had been the time where children were the most well behaved. Both boys and girls were expected to act a certain way. This can be thoroughly explained in one simple phrase: “Children should be seen and not heard of.” This phrase however had been more directed towards young girls, who were raised to practice for life and for their families (Rackin 24-25). Growing up, a young girl was expected to be polite and innocent as well as have great respect for her elders. Ignorance, being yet another characteristic expected of girls, had contributed to the thought that girls should not attend school after ten years. “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do” (Carroll 9). The author shows the interest that young girls had during their lessons at the beginning of his novel when Alice is supposed to be listening to her sister (Rituals II-Etiquette 1).
While travelling through Wonderland, symbols that begin to define Alice as an adult start appearing one after the other. One of these, being the most important, show Alice’s struggle to remain a young ignorant girl. Mushrooms are utilized throughout the story to make Alice both large and small in size. Now when Alice uses the mushrooms to grow larger, it is...