Weetzie Bat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Color of Earth

In this essay, I will explain the similarities and differences with the topic of genders and sexuality between the stories “Weetzie Bat” by Francesce Lia Block, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll and “The Color of Earth” by Dong Hwa Kim. Each of these books are mainly for girl readers and it shows female characters facing changes as they are maturing from young children to young adults.

On the surface, there are a lot of similarities between the stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Weetzie Bat and The Color of Earth. The main characters Alice, Weetzie, and Ehwa have a journey or an adventure they are going through that will help their character development at the end of the story. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Alice is the female protagonist that encounters many strange scenarios that she has to overcome. The action adventures that Alice goes through can be related to adventures a boy character would have. “The girl book can be found in as many varieties as the boy book” (RCL 400). For, example When Alice fell down the rabbit hole going into wonderland. Most girl characters in children’s literature would not have to face physical tasks, but this book does not put a limit to what Alice has to overcome just because she is a female. An example of Alice maturing into adulthood is when realizes what wonderland really is. Alice changed to her normal size when she was irritated by the queen and court. “You’re nothing but a pack of cards” (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 67). Alice was able to see things for how it really was and by dismissing the nonsense from the queen and court she was able to mature and escape wonderland. This example is mainly about Alice’s mind maturing as an adult instead of her body like puberty. I think that this is an important part that can contribute to the topic of genders and sexuality.

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Alice’s mind maturing can also relate to Ehwa and her journey when she is learnin…