Posted by: Brittany M | November 12, 2009

Size Matters

“I do hope it’ll make me grow large again, for really I’m quite tired of being such a tiny little thing.” This is something Alice is constantly battling during her wild adventure in Wonderland. She is either too big or too small to partake in events or to be able to fit through doors. She changes size constantly and is always wanting to be what she is not. It is very similar to in life how we are always wanting to be what we are not. When we are younger we are so eager to become older and drive and have freedom,but why is it once we reach our age of  what should bring joy to us, we wish our youth back.

It seems like through life we  always think we need to be what we are not or think it will be easier if only we were a few years older or younger,but why can’t we be content with what we have at the moment? Obvisouly there are problems with every age we reach whether it be bills, heartbreak, or dealing with the popular kids. So why is it we can’t be content with our health and the things we are able to enjoy as each year comes? Alice is always at battle of whether to be big or small instead of being content with herself. This also shows how human beings are constantly at an insecure state throughout life.

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  1. Brittany, I love your insights into this!

    How often we make ourselves miserable by wishing to be what we are not. Or if we do change, we realize we were happy the way we really are.

    Nicely done.

  2. Brittany does a very good job in bringing this up. When Alice is in “Wonderland”, she constantly has to keep changing her size. I think I said this previously in one of my essays: I said that changing her size was really necessary. What I mean is that Alice had to change her size in order to fit in. Many of the characters that she meets are all different shapes and sizes. If the character is small, and she is big, she has to become small to interact with them. If the character is big, and she’s small, she seems very insignificant, and has to become large in order to interact. Brittany also mentions how sometimes, we need to become someone else, and not the person that we are known to be. This is true in Alice’s case.

  3. So true: “When we are younger we are so eager to become older and drive and have freedom,but why is it once we reach our age of what should bring joy to us, we wish our youth back.” And that eternal search for who we once were and who we hope to one day be may very well define the very essence of the human experience and the ‘tension’ we feel along the way.


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