One binary I noticed when I read "Alice in Wonderland" is big vs small. Alice's size continuously changes, which gives her an identity crisis. Identity is also a recurring theme in "Alice in Wonderland." In chapter five, Alice is very simply asked, "who are you?" which she struggles to answer. "'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied,rather shyly, 'I hardly know, sir, just at present--at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then[...]I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely,'for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.'" She also goes on to tell the caterpillar he may understand her confusion better when he turns into a chrysalis and then a butterfly, but the caterpillar disagrees. Alice is continuously mistaken throughout the story as anything other than a little girl. She is confused because no one else labels her as a little girl, which is what she is used to. She is used to being labeled by society as a little girl and when she is being labelled as so many different things by different creatures she questions whether she actually is a little girl. Although, a "little girl" is just a man made term meant to identify people. Although her exterior surface changes and it definitely does not help her with her identity crisis, her thoughts and feelings are still hers. She works through understanding herself outside of what people see and assume, but she struggles in the beginning.
Work Cited: Carroll, Lewis. The Annotated Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. New York: C.N. Potter, 1960. Guttenberg.org. 19 May 2009. Web. 16 Sept. 2015