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What is the main theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?  

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estrella02 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2009 at 11:55 PM via web

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What is the main theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

 

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 6, 2009 at 5:35 AM (Answer #1)

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It would be safe to say that the central theme is survival and adaptation to sudden change. Many have argued that this is an allegory to the transition from childhood to young adulthood, or from young adulthood to adulthood, which are transitions into complex, and complicated situations to which we have to adapt.

When Alice moves into Wonderland, things are difficult for her. More than just enjoy herself and have fun in the freedoms of being alone, Alice actually went through a series of quasi traumatic event, rare and odd changes, met very strange character, saw things she had never experienced before, and in some occasions she wished she could be back home.

Those are feelings very similar to those of people who are entering a new stage in their lives: Meeting strangers, having to problem solve alone, changes in our bodies, experimenting with things we have never tried, being chased or chasing something not knowing what it is. Those are subtopics that chain into the main idea of surviving change and facing the challenges of change.

Hope this helps!

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