Alice in Wonderland: A Closer Look

Olivia Knudsen
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Alice in Wonderland is the classic novel of a young girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole that leads to a mysterious world known as Wonderland. However, before looking into the land of Wonderland one must first know the life of Alice.

Alice is in "quest for her own identity and growth, for some understanding of logic, rules, the games people play, authority, time, and death" (4 Theories). She has lived a proper and structured life since the day she was born. Told not to seek adventure and to be a modest young lady, Alice's mind was always in pursuit of figuring out life. When her beloved was on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage, Alice noticed a rabbit in a dress-coat hopping away. In a swift, she left her beloved and her family (who expected her to marry the man…or else) to see where a rabbit wearing dress-coat would be heading. Chasing the rabbit, she discovers its living hole and, out of her curious mind, Alice leans in to peek into the hole and falls, which leads her to Wonderland.

Wonderland. A world which is dominated by The Queen of Hearts, has a man known as The Mad Hatter, rabbits that talk, a caterpillar that gives wise advice, and a Cheeky Cat. Alice is the girl who is destined to take over the Queen of Hearts from the throne; she just does not know it yet.

Each person reading Unflattening will begin to have a different interpretation of the meaning or message. The author, Nick Sousanis, purposely did this because every human in life is diverse. Personally, I believe the message of Unflattening is to express my unique characteristics of myself because that is what makes me special. If everyone was to follow orders of a higher authority and not express themselves then that person is living a sheltered life.

Alice in Wonderland is an admirable example of this message because until Alice decided to stop obeying every miniscule, set law she was trapped in a life she did not wish to live. Once she escaped, she realized that she was able to discover who she truly felt like she was in life. That is something anyone can do as long as they are not afraid to be different from the rest of society.

For Further Reading

    "4 Theories That'll Change the Way You Look At Alice in Wonderland -" Teencom. N.p., 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 08 June 2015.

John Tenniel's illustration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)