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Character Analysis         

The Red Queen is a large woman who can’t be found without a big red dress and crown. She comes off as a figure of power. She basically stands in that position because of her personality. She is short tempered, and overall she is just simply mean. She will react in a negative way to anyone or anything that does not please her. She constantly stated, “Off with their head!” In the book and both movies, her personality is very similar. The character plays a big tole in the story line of every one of the tales.

I believe that the Queen is too caught up in herself to really think about the events and the people around her. In the Tim Burton version of Alice, the Queen is shown with an abnormally large head. I believe that it is a form of symbolism, since it describes one of her character traits. She always appeared to hold herself up nicely and stand in a tall powerful way. Almost every character (with the exception of Alice at times) was terrified of her which I believe was her goal. The Queen gained power from the fear of others which I believe caused her to have no true friends. All of her relationships with other characters were completely fake. Beneath their fear, all of her people despised everything about her. I believe that even the King disliked her. “Off to your places!”

I believe that the Queen represents several people in Alice’s life. She represents the people that tell Alice what to do and who to be. The Queen is mean, unattractive, and horrible. If the story really is Alice’s dream, then I think that she created her in a negative way on porpoise. She hated all of the people that pushed her around, so I think that the image of the Red Queen is how she saw those people. I am not sure how Lewis Carol thought the Queen to be, but I truly believe that she represents the negative and horrible things in Alice’s life. In Tim Burton’s movie, the Queen represented Hamish’s mother who did indeed force her to be perfect and proper. 

Setting Analysis

Wonderland is a world that is colorful and strange. It’s physical setting is wild and very unrealistic like something out of a dream. There are trees, plants, and animals that aren’t seen in the real world. There were forests filled with interesting creatures and characters. The temporal setting was strange as well. Time didn’t seem to pass. Not once during the book did Alice go to sleep or acknowledge the time of the day. When I read it, I assumed that it either took place over the course of the day, or the time of the day didn’t change in Wonderland. I think that the characters in Alice in Wonderland couldn’t keep track of time, for example, I think that the rabbit wasn’t truly late, but he simply didn’t know about time, or perhaps his watch was broken to start with. “For instance, suppose it were nine o’-clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a winkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!”

Social/ psychological setting was present during the scene at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. The white rabbit arrived at the tea party with his pocket watch shouting “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late,” as usual. As the Mad Hatter and the March Hare began to try to “fix his watch” the white rabbit became angered. The tea table was a mess, and Alice became stressed. The other characters at the table started talking nonsense, and it drove Alice to breaking point. She left the party and ran off to find the white rabbit.

Point of View Analysis

“‘Come, it’s pleased so far,” thought Alice, and she went on.’Lewis Carol spoke Alice’s thoughts, but he wrote from the third person, or from the point of view of a narrator. The author is observing Alice’s journey, however, he seems to know her thoughts through out the book. Some of her thoughts were said aloud, since she did speak to herself often, but some thoughts were in her head, and it’s not possible that someone watching could read her mind. Maybe Lewis Carol’s intention was to write from the point of view of someone who actually could read Alice’s mind. Since there was so much nonsense in the book already, it didn’t surprise me that the point of view had a little twist to it. I believe that the narrator really knew what Alice’s thoughts were. “It was no doubt: only Alice did not like to be told so. ‘It’s really dreadful,’ she muttered to herself, ‘the way creatures argue. It’s enough to drive on crazy!’

Theme Analysis

In the novel, the Annotated Alice, nonsense seems to describe much of it; the word is used commonly throughout the book.

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This question was brought up during the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Lewis Carol’s version of Alice in Wonderland, but the question was never answered. The book was filled with events and sayings that were either unrealistic or just strange. The nonsense became the main idea of the book. Alice spent much of her time wondering and trying to discover what the reason behind wonderland was and how to overcome the obstacles to get out. If the story is Alice’s dream, then Alice would be creating all of the nonsense, which makes sense considering in the real world she was always told to stop the dreaming and become the proper woman she was destined to be.

“The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming ‘Off with her hear! Off with--’ ‘Nonsense!’ said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.” I believe that in the novel there were two different definitions of nonsense. The first definition is the crazy and unrealistic things that were found around Wonderland like the Queen, the Caterpillar, the Rabbit, and the world itself. The other definition is the things Alice doesn’t like and the things she disagrees with, such as her lessons and people telling her what to do. In other words, there is a fun kind of nonsense that Alice likes, and the nonsense that she doesn’t think is meaningful at all.

Poetry Analysis

"Fury said to a mouse, That he met in the house, 'Let us both go to law:
I will prosecute you.— Come, I'll take no denial; We must have a trial: For really this morning I've nothing to do.' Said the mouse to the cur, 'Such a trial, dear sir, With no jury or judge, would be wasting our breath.' 'I'll be judge, I'll be jury,' Said cunning old Fury; 'I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death.' " (Page 23)

This poem really stood out to me mainly because of it’s shape. It was shown as a curly mouse tail. After Alice asked one of the creatures at the “caucus race” their history, the mouse interrupted and told the tail of his past. This poem was read by the mouse at the “caucus-race”, after Alice asked the  I read this poem several times over but still I can’t seem to make sense of it. I believe that the porpoise of the entire poem is to leave the reader in thought. It personally confused me very much, but also left me wondering what the meaning of it was. In the book after the poem was read, everyone began to talk nonsense. Alice began to mix up her words like knot and not, similar to the way the mouse did before his poem.

Movie Analysis
    I had to choose between either Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland or the Disney animated version of Alice in Wonderland to watch, I would probably pick the classic cartoon. I found Tim Burton’s version to be a little bit confusing. The Disney version is very similar to Annotated Alice, while Tim Burton’s version seems to be more like a sequel. I prefer the Disney version because it is much happier, however there are parts in it that have always scared me, like the singing flowers and the Cheshire Cat, but the Tim Burton version was very dark and much scarier than singing flowers! The Tim Burton version had many similarities and references to the book, but it still had its own new story line and idea. While the theme of the Disney one was more related to nonsense, I believe that the Tim Burton version’s theme was more about search for self.

In the Tim Burton version, Alice is grown up, but her naive and self confident attitude is more evident. In the Disney movie, Alice is young, but she has the same naive and self confident personality. I found that in the Tim Burton movie, Alice’s character was portrayed with more attitude and confidence. In the Disney version, Alice doesn’t have much of a personality, and personally, I think that she can be a little bit whiny. One of things that I liked about the Tim Burton movie was that there was more of a story line outside of Wonderland. In the Disney version, Alice only spent the first few minutes of the movie outside of Wonderland, and I couldn’t understand the real connection between Wonderland and Alice’s perspective of the outside world and the people in it.