Subverted: Alice says that she dreams of having more power, but she then reveals just wanted to get promoted.
Double Subverted: ...promoted all the way up to supreme queen of the universe.
Parodied: Alice is a complete God-Mode Sue in every way, having more powers and money than Superman and Scrooge Mcduck put together. She constantly complains that she wants to be special... by which she means she wants a pretty, new hat.
Zig Zagged: Alice comes from poor, humble origins, so her wild, impossible aspiration is actually fairly mundane. Her friends and family treat it like a pipe dream, but she meets a mentor from a higher class who tells her to go for it. But she runs into many difficulties along the way that make it seem out of reach...
Averted: Alice has a Humble Goal, or is content with her current situation.
Enforced: "I'm writing a book for girls eight to ten, and a lot of them wish they were special, so I have the heroine Alice wanting to be a princess."
Played For Laughs: In her quest to become special, Alice tries to be a blatant parody of a Mary Sue, because that's her idea of special. She changes her name to something really over the top, dyes her hair to some crazy color, starts wearing a tiara (made of plastic) and riding a unicorn (a kid's toy horse on wheels, with a horn attached by krazy glue). She becomes everyone's laughing stock.
Played For Drama: In her quest to become special, Alice becomes a monster. Then she is faced with the reality of what exactly had she become.