Psychoanalytical interpreters have seized on it with particular relish.
The rules and practices of the garden are just as idiosyncratic and maddening as the rest of the locales she has visited. So can dreams be reality for those who have them? Later in the book, Alice is confronted with another confusing situation. Of the thousands of books and articles it has inspired over the past years, very few treat it simply as a piece of joyful nonsense.
By blindly obeying the adult figure, she exposes her childlike ignorance. Yesterday rachelr: Thank you! In real life a caterpillar becomes a butterfly; in dreams a caterpillar becomes a cat.
This is about how no matter how intelligent we are we keep repeating our mistakes. How puzzling all these changes are! It is not until she eats a bit of this mushroom that she masters growing too large or too big. In fact many critics are convinced that the whole story is so full of references to the city that it should be viewed as an elaborate Oxford in-joke.
Animals behaving as humans: speaking, walking upright, dressing in clothing, and consulting pocket watches dominate the novel as Alice explores the deep corners of her reality-like dream.