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Character Analysis- Cheshire Cat

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As Alice travels through Wonderland, she meets different people, and some talking animals. While Alice is at the Duchess’s house out of the corner of her eye she sees a strange looking cat appear. This cat was the oddest looking cat Alice had ever seen; it was quite large, had stripes, but the strangest thing was that this cat had a grin that went from ear to ear. Also unlike most animals, this cat could talk, and it did. It talked to Alice, but sometimes in the middle of a conversation it’d disappear, and show up somewhere else around her.
The Cheshire cat seems to enjoy talking to Alice, and doesn’t seem stuck up towards her at all, but he sure doesn't treat the king in a way the king should be treated. For instance during the croquet match when Alice wanted to introduce the king, and the Cheshire cat it acted as though the king wasn’t anything special; “It’s a friend of mine a Cheshire cat,” said Alice: “allow me to introduce it.” “I don’t like the look of it at all.” Said the King: “However, it may kiss my hang, if it likes.” “I’d rather not” the cat remarked.  All the characters in the story though, don’t always seem to notice it because he vanishes so often, but those who meet it don’t seem to have a problem with it because it vanishes too fast to become extremely bothersome; and everyone in  Wonderland is alike in ways that they’re all mad, so they don’t become very annoyed with each other.
While Alice was talking to the Cheshire cat he would openly admit to her the truth about the people who lived in Wonderland, he basically said things as they were, no lies; just the straight truth. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you ca’n’t help that,” said the cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” The Cheshire cat told Alice that all the people in Wonderland were mad, and in a way he sort of helped her discover a little bit about her, and that she must be mad since she was in Wonderland with them.

Setting Analysis

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Physical settings- While Alice was in Wonderland she traveled to many different places, which were described in a way as though we were almost there, while reading the story.
When Alice sees a rabbit in a waist coat with a stop watch she follows this rabbit into a hole; a rabbit hole, while Alice is falling down this hole that went straight down, but then dipped down after quite a while. Alice wasn't able to see the bottom of rabbit hole because it was too far away; therefore it was black. Floating or falling down the rabbit hole with Alice were cupboards, pictures hanging on pegs, kitchen shelves, food, and maps. Once Alice had fallen all the way to the bottom of the rabbit hole, she sat in a little room that contained many doors, a glass table, and one tiny door which Alice couldn’t fit through.
After shrinking then growing to get the key to unlock the tiny door she was finally able to fit through. When Alice opened the door there was a garden on the other side of that teeny door.  The garden was described as “the loveliest garden you ever saw.” It had beds, and beds of bright and beautiful flowers, and also had magnificent fountains displayed.
While Alice continues her journey through Wonderland she ends up in the Duchess’s home. When Alice arrives in the small and unusual set up house; she opens the door from outside, and walks right into the small kitchen of the Duchess. There was a three legged stool that the Duchess was sitting on right in the middle of the kitchen, and she was feeding a child. To the left of the Duchess there was a cook making some kind of soup, and the scent of it was taking over the small house; which completely reeked of pepper.
After leaving the crazy house, Alice walked into what is called a “Mad tea party.” Mad was an understatement of this tea party, there were broken cups, and plates spread all over the table, but the strangest part was that there were enough seats for about twenty people to sit at this table, but only one person (the mad hatter) was seated, along with the march hare, and a small little Dormouse was sitting in a teapot right in front of them. There were cups of tea, and tea pots all over the place and on the ground there were smashed little pieces from the plates or cups that had been thrown out of carelessness.  
Once Alice had left that crazily mad tea party, she was invited to play croquet at the Queens Croquet- Ground. The ground had fresh green grass, with little bushes surrounding it, there were little green hedges all over the place almost as though it were set up like a garden puzzle. The Croquet- Ground was right next to the Queens Castle, which was made of gray bricks, and through the inside the colors red, and black appeared almost everywhere. The last part of the book took place in a Court Room, where Alice was questioned because some thought she had stolen the tarts. The court room had a jury box, with all its jurors, and in the front there was the typical place for the judge to sit.
Temporal Setting
Alice ends up in wonderland because she was fascinated by the rabbit in a waist coat, with a stop watch that was screaming “I’m late, I’m late.” So she followed him down this rabbit hole. When the rabbit uses the words “I’m late, I’m late” you could never truly figure out what he was actually late for, but the use of this time reference are what got Alice into Wonderland in the first place. When Alice was at the mad tea party there was a reference to time when the mad hatter was talking to Alice, and he said “ Not at first, perhaps, but you could keep it to half-past one as long as you liked.” He’s making a reference to time, telling Alice that she can keep to whatever time suits her.
In a way this example might not sound like the other examples of temporal example I have given, but it related to age, and growing up. Alice told herself at a point in the book that she needed to “grow up again.” Alice was telling herself almost to make time go by so that she can be to the age, where she is considered “grown up” not young and fooling around; like most the characters in Wonderland.


Social/Physiological Setting
Through out the book there are many different characters like I said earlier, and they all seem to notice when they’re all there, but they don’t treat any one character besides the queen and differently than they do all the other characters. In Wonderland all the characters act extremely odd, also known as “mad.” To each other though, they aren’t considered weird since they seem to all act “mad.”
Point of view analysis
    While Alice was in the woods talking to the Cheshire cat; she was in a way asking the cat questions, but she was also talking to herself. "Come, it's pleased so far," thought Alice, and she went on. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the cat.There was never a point in the book when the author was telling the story for Alice. For instance there was never "said Alice" put in the story, she was thinking throughout the book, and the author wasn't telling the story for her, it was almost like her thoughts were being thought aloud.
    Lewis Carroll was expressing Alice's thoughts on where she should go in Wonderland, and how she is constantly thinking about where to go next. Whenever she meets a new character, thoughts about them always pop into her head, and

Theme Analysis
When you first start reading Alice, the characters may seem normal, but as you get further into Wonderland the characters begin to seem less, and less normal; maybe even mad.
When Alice arrives in Wonderland she seems to find the other creatures, and people that live there to be quite odd, and all she wants to do is get away from the crazy people. There was a point in time when she said to the Cheshire cat . “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” and he replied “Oh, you ca’n’t help that,” said the cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”  Everyone that lives in Wonderland knows that they’re mad, because if you’re in Wonderland, you must be mad.
One thing that considered being “mad” is the “mad tea party.” At this tea party there are only two people there, one march hare then one tiny dormouse. The mad hatter and hare didn’t want Alice to sit down because they said there weren’t enough seats, but there were about twenty open seats for her to sit at. Also they’re singing “happy unbirthday” rather than happy birthday; they just do everything in such a strange manner that is so unlike the way our life is. At the tea party they asked what month it was, but to find the answer the Mad Hatter took a watch, and put it to his ear to find the answer to his question.
As Alice explores through Wonderland, there are a lot of points in time when she doesn’t understand what any of the other creatures are talking about because they just seem to be babbling on. Everything that comes out of their mouths are just so random, but they also have a way of twisting your words back into a question; like when Alice showed up at the Duchess’s house and she asked the door frog “how am I to get it?” The frog just responded back to her, “are you to get in at all?” All the characters in this story have a way of twisting Alice’s words, and confusing the reader, and her. 

Poetry Analysis
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
“How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spread his claws,
And welcome little fishes in,
With gently smiling Jaws!”
This poem was used when Alice was stuck in the little room, and she was trying to figure out who she was; at one point she thought she might be a girl named Mabel, but then decided she couldn’t be, because Mabel knew so little. So Alice decided to try and recite this poem to prove to herself that she wasn’t Mabel. This poem doesn’t seem like nonsense, it’s used in a way of Alice searching for self, trying to decide if she were Alice or not.
Movie Analysis
I’m going to compare the two movies; the Disney one, and the Tim Burton one. They were both so different, but had the main idea of a girl who had fallen asleep and was dreaming that she was in some Wonderland that she got to because she had followed a rabbit in a waistcoat down a hole. Throughout Wonderland she was asked who she was, and that made her question who she was, but as the movies went on she became to discover she was Alice; a little girl.
In the Tim Burton movie, there wasn't a trial like there was in the Disney movie; and there also wasn't the croquet match, the Disney movie was more similar to the book. In the Tim Burton movie, it was obvious, but some of the characters wer e animated, but some of them were actual people; and in the Disney movie all the characters were animated. At the tea party in the Disney movie, The Mad Hatter and the March Hare were singing “happy unbirthday,” but in the Tim Burton movie, that wasn’t one of the scenes

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