My close reading essay on Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland initially focused on Alice’s use of Wonderland as an imaginary construct for exploring her own emotional reactions and understandings of herself and the world as she undergoes the transformation from innocence to adulthood. In addition to a bit of general polishing, my essay eventually became more fine-tuned in terms of my thesis statements and topic sentences. Overall, I expanded my thesis to encompass all of the more complex topics I included in the body of my essay. I later cleaned up and related my topic sentences back more clearly to that thesis statement. By my final draft, my thesis statement came to include not only Alice’s loss of innocence, but her journey toward finding her identity and her realization of the world’s imperfection.