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ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Transcript of ALICE IN WONDERLAND
The story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is said to be based off the daughter of Henry Liddel, Alice Liddell
Alice would spend hours with Carroll while he told her tales of dream worlds
At the end of
Through the Looking-Glass
, there is an acrostic poem, which is where the first letter on each line makes up a word or words, and it spells out Alice Liddell
This lead people to believe that he based the character after his real life friend, although he continued to deny it
Story Type and Form
Alice in Wonderland (1951) the Disney movie is an adaptation from Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The movie is an example of a frame story, because Alice is dreaming the entire time
Another frame story is when Alice is told the story of the curious oysters
Lewis Carroll is an anagram of his birth name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Died January 14, 1898 after catching influenza which developed into pneumonia
Had a stammer that was nonexistent when he would talk to children
His relationship with those younger than him, in his adult years, is undeniably the inspiration for his best writing
Also pursued photography, which children as his main subjects
Speculation questioned if Carroll sexually abused the children, but there was not any real evidence.
Character Outline: White Rabbit
Red Queen's announcer
Worrisome because he is running late and he knows the Queen would kill him if he's tardy
Unknowingly leads Alice to the wonderland
Not a villain, he is just following order from the Red Queen
Outline of Characters: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Rounded twin boys
Enjoy reciting poems and songs
Symbolize the two sides of depression
Character Outline: Blue Caterpillar
Passionate about grammar and the enunciation of each syllable
Tells Alice to take one side of the mushroom to grow, and the other side to shrink
Transforms into a butterfly, then later helps Alice escape from the Red Queen
Character Outline: Cheshire Cat
Vanishing smiling cat
Cruel sense of humor
Both helps and manipulates Alice throughout her journey
Tries to give Alice a perspective on Wonderland by saying everyone there is mad-Wonderland is ruled by nonsense and being in it, makes you mad
Trickster because he behaves out the socially accepted "norm," since he has the most logic in Wonderland,
Character Outline: Red Queen
Queen of Hearts
Alice calls her a "fat, pompous, bad-tempered, old tyrant"
Egotistic and says that she is always right
Villain because she abuses her power and embodies the sin of wrath
Tries to have Alice beheaded
The movie, Alice in Wonderland was produced in 1951 by Walt Disney Productions. It is based off of Lewis Carroll's novel
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The main character, Alice, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in topsy-turvy world of nonsense that is Wonderland. We follow her through her whimsical journey where she encounters the "mad" inhabitants of Wonderland. Eventually she finds herself facing Queen of Hearts, and her army of playing cards!
Making Sense of the Chaos Through Morals
The constant changing of Alice's size is a metaphor for growing up. At first she is dealing with the literal ups and downs, and she lacks confidence, but she takes advantage of her resources to gain control
Her conversation with the Cheshire Cat shows us the importance of knowing what you want
Lastly, practice what you preach and follow the advice you give yourself
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: literary canon
Lewis Carroll broke the mold for writing a children's novel. The stories of Alice's adventures are appreciated by all ages. Carroll’s literary work broke "culturally and socially accepted language, logic, and communication norms" when creating the world of Wonderland. A world built on the concept of complete nonsense opened up opportunities for other works of literature, and broke any boundaries that were there before.
Carroll's work has been viewed through many different lenses, but the psychoanalytical theory has caused the most uproar. Some even say that Alice "begs to be psychoanalyzed." The stories of Alice are analyzed through Freud's theory of the "id," "ego," and the "superego." The experiences Alice goes through in Wonderland is symbolic of her developing ego or, put differently, her growing up. Critics have said that Carroll's work is like seeing through the looking-glass of a child's mind who is learning to understand the world and themselves.
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Epic Laws of Folk Narrative
The Law of Opening and Closing: starts with Alice listening to her sister read, and ends with her being woken up from her dream
The Law of Repetition and Three: Alice shrinks three times and grows three times, as well as repeating herself three times when asked "who are you?",
The Law of Two to a Scene: Proves true in almost every scene, starting from the opening scene with her and her sister to her quarrel with the Queen,
The Law of Contrast: Prevalent when looking at how evil the queen in compared to the innocence of Alice
The Law of Twins: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
The Law of Final Stress: When Alice is trying to escape the Queen's wrath
The Concentration on a Leading Character or the Law of Centralization: The whole focus of the story is Alice