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1. “Who in the world am I?” Ah,
that’s the great puzzle.
Alice asks this question of herself
in Chapter 2 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
just after she has grown to a giant size and frightened the White
Rabbit away. Alice realizes that she is not just trying to figure
out Wonderland, but also attempting to determine who she is and
what constitutes her identity in a world that actively challenges
her perspective and sense of self. Wonderland has already begun
to affect Alice, and she rightly understands that her self perception
cannot remain fixed in a world that has drastically different rules
from her own. In Wonderland, Alice has a slippery grasp of her identity.
Since Wonderland is a byproduct of her own imagination, it becomes
clear that it is Alice’s identity and not Wonderland itself that
is being called into question. The nonsensical features and characters
that make up Wonderland extend from Alice’s own psyche, so her quest
to understand Wonderland becomes a quest to understand the forces
and feelings that comprise her identity. The idea of the great puzzle
also supports Carroll’s notion that life is an unduly complicated
mystery that human beings must use rational thought and intelligence