Both Frankenstein and the Alice novels have been turned into innumerable films and cartoons, but apart from that, they do not seem to have a lot in common at first glance. Both are thrown in a new and unfamiliar environment, however, the Monster into our real world, and Alice into Wonderland. Not only do they meet creatures they have not seen before, they also have to face difficulties when they try to get into contact with them. As a result, both lose confidence and the sense of their own identities.
We take language and the ability to communicate with others for granted, but for the Monster and Alice, they turn out to be huge obstacles. The Monster is not able to speak at first, and Alice has to get used to the way language is used in Wonderland. After a while, both realize that speech offers them a possibility to accommodate to their new surroundings and to help them find out who they are, although not all their attempts prove successful.