Wonderland is dream world it introduces a confusion between what Alice expects

Wonderland is dream world it introduces a confusion

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Wonderland is dream world; it introduces a confusion between what Alice expects and what she experiences - When she goes down the rabbit hole, she is chasing the white rabbit - Most obviously, the white rabbit means what he is wearing, it symbolizes adulthood - The white rabbit is a figure of Victorian social/moral etiquette - What she learns in wonderland, she learns how to think, and starts to realize the fundamentals of logic and reasoning - Animals of Wonderland (not many people that she meets, mostly animals) Most of the animals are quite rude to Alice, as she is quite rude to them as well White rabbit: represents the Victorian manners and etiquette (glove and fan, watch), has a watch at the very beginning. Wonderland is supposed to be a world of total nonsense and have no pattern, but the white rabbit is a figure of continuity throughout wonderland. He is there in the beginning, Alice catches him in the middle, meets him again at the end. The rabbit is the first one to catch Alice’s attention and curiosity. Is he the figure that could teach Alice the proper way to act in the adult world? Constantly checking his watch, shows that [since the rabbit is a figment of her imagination in her dream] she is in a hurry to leave childhood behind as quickly as she can. Cheshire Cat: only animal that Alice calls her friend (her only friend in wonderland). The Cheshire cat is the dream version of her cat Dinah; she doesn’t miss her parents or family, but only cares about her cat Caterpillar: teaches Alice/ represents the lesson of change, persistence through time, self- identity, polite; would not be able to teach herself without the help of the caterpillar, but he shows her how to be able to teach herself. A lot of critics suggest that the caterpillar has to do with Victorian society; has a sense of mystery of the east to him (China, India, ‘oriental’) Mock turtle and Griffin Door mouse March Hare Bill the lizard The mouse Puppy (huge); not considered a wonderland creature, almost comes as a standard to remind the reader that there is a world outside wonderland The Cheshire cat and the Caterpillar take the time to teach Alice lessons; she looks up to them like adults Mock turtle and Griffin are odd creatures because they are mythical creatures - People of Wonderland: Mad Hatter Duchess King/Queen Baby (turns into a pig) Most of the humans in wonderland are not nice to Alice - Aesop’s Fables
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Many centuries before the birth of Christ Foxes are smart/clever Pigs are greedy - During the Victorian era, it was a staple to have all these symbolic animals in their children’s stories - Victorian notion of nostalgia of childhood, the need to preserve it - First, the white rabbit mistakes Alice for Mary Ann, the maid - Alice pretends to be Mary Ann because she is so confused about who she is Fairy Tales - Fairy tales are a lot more grim and violent than show in the movie - Most had male protagonist vs. female protagonists (Disney focused on the women) -
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  • Spring '16
  • Van Styvendale
  • Alice in Wonderland, Alice, Fairy tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Sir John, Little Red Riding Hood

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