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How does Alice belong?

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literature2011 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM via web

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How does Alice belong?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM (Answer #1)

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I am not entirely certain that Alice does "belong."  Perhaps, that might be part of the point that Carroll is making.  Throughout her adventures, Alice is an outside.  A witness, a guest, and a foreigner are just a few of the examples of how Alice is an outsider and someone that is not necessarily accepted by those in the position of power.  She does not really "belong" in the sense that she finds collectivity and solidarity.  In the end, when the Queen orders her forces to descend upon Alice, she stands unafraid of not belonging.  She fends them off, only to be awoken by her sister.  Alice then leaves her sister to think about what she experienced, and in this, Alice's lack of belonging is evident, yet again.  Alice's narrative is that of the outsider, the individual who does not belong.  At best, one could argue that Alice's narrative shows a great sense of Alice belonging to "herself" in that she becomes more accustomed to who she is and  what she represents.  I think that in terms of belonging to a larger and more collective entity, Alice does not necessarily belong and is someone on the outside and looking in.

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