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  The “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is written in English by the English author Lewis Carroll. The book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published in 1865. It is one of the most popular children book in the world. The book consists of twelve episodes which present Alice’s adventures. This essay will represent the meanings of the absurd physical changes in Alice’s body, and discuss her immaturity, her curiosity, her imagination and her subconscious mind to answer the question of what does it mean when Alice eats something and grows large compared to when she becomes small?  First of all, Alice is a seven years old girl. A child at this age may not be mature enough. Alice does not know what she wants and thinks that everything has to be in line with her wants. So even if the foods and drinks make a physical change on her, she takes the risk of even getting changed and eat or drink something to reach her goals or desires. “…if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I ‘ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens !” (Carroll 10).  After she reaches her desire, neither large nor small physical qualities can please to her. She always feels sad, uncomfortable, and unsatisfied with her physical quality. “…I do hope it’ll make me grow large again, for really I’m quite tired of being such a tiny little thing!” (Carroll 31). She has complex and uncertain thoughts because of her age and immaturity. When she is large, she wants to get smaller, when she is small, she wants to get larger.  Secondly, the book explicitly presents the curious and imaginative sides of Alice. The adventures begin with her curiosity. When she sees the white rabbit, her imagination provokes her curiosity. And she throws herself into Wonderland. She is curious about everything she sees and wants to discover all of the things around her. “…her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking- glass. There was no label this time with the words ‘DRINK ME,’ but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it to her lips. ‘I know something interesting is sure to happen,’ she said to herself, ‘whenever I eat or drink anything; so I’ll just see what this bottle does…” (Carroll 30). Alice eats or drinks anything she sees without thinking about the consequences. Alice’s absurd physical changes associate with her curiosity. So her curiosity is the reason that pushes her into these kinds of behaviours.  Moreover, at the end of the book, it comes out that all of the adventures in Wonderland are just a dream. The dreams represent the people’s subconscious mind. Why does she have such an unordinary dream that one cannot see happening in real life? It is clear that Alice has a boring childhood that she has a dream which does not reflect the real world and her subconscious mind creates this unordinary dream. She always eats and drinks something to grow large or become small and the physical changes are funny and wonderful to her. “…what a wonderful dream it had been” (Carroll 128). She wants to feel more alive and has more fun in her life like every child. Even in her dream, she thinks about her home but she never tries to go back. Her dream recalls her emotions and desires.  Consequently, Alice is a little kid that has not much experience about the real world. Her subconscious mind allows her to take responsibility for her actions. Her curiosity is more prior than her safety for her. So, she goes with whatever she is curious about and will give her good and funny time probably because she lacks joy in her childhood. That is the reason she eats and drinks to get larger or smaller in her dream. Her immaturity, imagination, curiosity, and subconsciousness are the reasons for her to decide to eat and drink the mystery food or drink even if it causes absurd physical changes. In real life, neither a child nor a person has to take such a risk to have some fun. With a little effort and a bit creativity, there can be a big difference in a kid’s childhood.