Advice From a Caterpillar&“The Mock Turtle’s Story” – Alice in Wonderland

Advice From a Caterpillar&“The Mock Turtle’s Story” – Alice in Wonderland

Chapter V of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland presents Alice to an odd Caterpillar smoking hookah while resting along with a giant mushroom. The two characters stare at each other in silence before the Caterpillar asks Alice who she is.Thus far, Alice had been experiencing an array of events that for that moment she could not explain who she was to the Caterpillar during the initial encounter. The Caterpillar’s mindset and annoyance in direction of Alice’s inability to describe by herself made her uncomfortable and as she turns to go out of the Caterpillar calls her returning to recite a poem, “You are old, Father William”. He knew that Alice was indeed attempting to recite this poem since she had reached Wonderland but she had forgotten the lines. The forgetfulness and failure to determine whom she actually is permits Alice to appreciate that she does not understand whom she actually is any longer. Her confusion and emotions of despair further intensify as soon as the Caterpillar is apparently reading her head. As much as this aspect associated with the scene Alice was experiencing a dilemma attempting to be her height that is true once. It looks that each time she consumes one thing she either got taller or got reduced. The Caterpillar had understanding of Alice’s challenge him, he stated “One side will make you grow taller, the other side will make you grow shorter” (40) before she could even ask. The Caterpillar had answered her question that is unspoken. She then becomes more unclear and desperate fearing that she’s lost ownership of her very own ideas. [Read more…]