And Up We Grow

Chapter four was indeed a very entertaining chapter. The White Rabbit makes another appearance, to which I am glad seeing as he is becoming quite an endearing character to me. Carroll kept me guessing at which animal Bill might be, but I did not expect a lizard. I also wondered why the pebbles were turning into cake. Perhaps it is not so unusual in a children’s book?

Alice drinks from an unknown bottle yet again, this time growing bigger. Before, Alice shrunk till she almost dissapeared, hinting at a loss of  ‘herself’. Maybe the growing of her body, resembles the unconscious start of her identity in this new adventure. Alice also declares, “I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit hole and yet-and yet- it’s rather curious”. As humans we seek to find the answers to what we do not understand, yet our impulsiveness sometimes gets the better of us. Questions are what leads us to new revelations, but do we truly want to know the answer? What we deem impossible might be just within reach. Luckily for Alice, the effect of the bottle stopped and she did not continue to grow forever.

Alice also thinks “at least there’s no room to grow up any more here.” this might also imply that she can retain her innocence in this world, while in the world she left, sooner or later she would have to face the realities of growing up. The “lessons to learn” Alice refers to, once again reflects her naivety towards thinking there is always a set way to experience life, and a definite answer for every experience.



  1. Brilliant Vivian, as usual. I thought it was very interesting that you say that Wonderland is a place of innocence. It really does seem to be. The queen doesn’t even behead anyone like she threatens to do later on. It’s curious that although there are slightly mature themes, it still retains an innocent intent. It reminds me of Peter Pan now. A place for children to never grow up.

  2. Love the title’s language-inversion. Feels Carroll-esque.

    Also, well stated:

    “The “lessons to learn” Alice refers to, once again reflects her naivety towards thinking there is always a set way to experience life, and a definite answer for every experience.”

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