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Alice in Wonderland Analysis

Character Analysis

    The Queen of Hearts was described as the queen of hearts card from a pack of cards.  All of her soldiers and the knave were also described as cards.  When the Queen was angry, as she was often, her face was said to turn crimson with anger, and she had a very shrill scream.  She was described as impatient, and was noted as always impatiently tossing her head.  She was also said to strut around while playing croquet, as if she was daring anyone to challenge her.  She was always angry about something, and she wanted things to go exactly her way.  

The most commonly used quote by the Queen was “off with his/her head!” (page 87.)  She had a very bad temper, and if someone upset her, she would order for them to be executed right away.  On page 84, it says, “‘Get to your places!’ Shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder.”  The Queen’s tone of voice is very commanding.  People don’t hesitate to listen to her, for fear that she might get angry at them.  Her thoughts were said to be angry and indignant in general.

Other characters were afraid of the Queen.  The Duchess was said to tremble in fear while she was talking about the Queen to Alice.  On page 86, Alice decides she does not like the Queen.  While other animals and people are around the Queen, they whisper so that she can’t hear their conversation, in case she doesn’t like what they are saying.  Characters were also noted to act timidly around the Queen.  The Queen wasn’t really a people-person.  She acted more like a dictator, and ruled with force and fury.


Setting Analysis

    Alice found herself in Wonderland after falling down a rabbit hole in a meadow where she and her sister were reading.  The meadow was full of flowers, and the day was very hot.  Alice felt tired from the heat.  She found the rabbit hole when the White Rabbit ran close by her and caught her eye.  She followed the rabbit to the rabbit hole and crawled a little farther in, and she fell.  The hole was deep, and there were bookshelves lining the sides.  (page 12-13.) She fell for what felt like hours, and when she got to the ground, there was a passageway in front of her.

In the book, Alice said it felt like she was falling down the rabbit hole for hours.  This was a time when a temporal setting was used. She also said that she wouldn’t think anything of falling down the stairs after a fall like that.  When she landed on the ground, she wasn’t a bit hurt.  She found herself in a long hallway lit up by lamps.  She found a door at the end of the hall and when she unlocked it and looked through, she saw a garden that the book described as “the loveliest little garden you ever saw.”  (page 16.)  The garden was full of bright flowers and fountains.

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A time that Alice was prevented from changing settings was while she was trying to get from the hallway into the garden.  There were a lot of social-psycological settings in this book. The door was described as being “not much larger than a rat hole,” and Alice couldn’t fit through the door.  Alice decided to use the bottle on the table that said “Drink Me,” and when she did, she shrunk to the right size.  Alice had left the key to the door on the table, and was too short to reach it.  Alice’s size prevented her from getting from one setting to the next.  When she ate the cake that said “Eat Me,” she grew too tall and started crying.  Since she was so tall, the tears formed a pool, and when she shrunk to the right size, she had to swim to stay afloat.

Point of View Analysis

    The person telling the story in this book told the story as if he were watching Alice.  
When you read Alice’s thoughts when Alice wasn’t actually speaking, that was a time when the narrator was watching Alice.  One example of this is when Alice is growing in the room after she fell down the rabbit hole.  The quote is “‘It was much pleasanter at home,’ thought Alice.”  (page 39.)  
    Another example of point of view is how different people see things.  When Alice has the baby from the duchesses, it runs away on all fours, and Alice thinks it looks like a pig.  (page 64)  The pig baby looks different depending on the reader’s point of view.


Theme Analysis

    Curiosity is the reason Alice fell into Wonderland in the first place, and from that moment on, things just kept becoming curiouser and curiouser.  The theme curiosity was used frequently throughout Alice in Wonderland.  Alice is always asking and wondering who she is.  Wonderland is a very curious place.  On page 20, Alice is curious about how she keeps changing size.  “‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English.)”  This is an example of a time when Alice was curious (page 20.)
Alice was curious about the Cheshire Cat and how it could vanish.  “‘Well!  I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice; ‘but a grin without a cat!  It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!’”  (page 67.)  Alice was curious about how the Cat could vanish but it’s grin still remain.  Alice was astounded by many of the things in Wonderland.  This is where the theme of curiosity come
s into play.
    Alice was curious as to why the Queen of Hearts wanted the Duchess to leave Wonderland. She was also curious about why the Duchess used so many morals in the stories she told Alice. When Alice went back to visit the Duchess after playing croquet
with the Queen of Hearts, she had wanted to ask the Duchess about the Queen and her temper. The Queen had found them, though, and had the Duchess executed. Alice also came to wonder how she was ever going to get out of Wonderland. She figured that she would have to find a way eventually, unless she wanted to stay and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts for the rest of her life. Eventually, she woke up from Wonderland, and was left to be curious about the strange dream she'd had in the meadow that day.

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 spreads his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws!

This poem was included in this book because Alice knew the real poem before she fell into Wonderland.  The Caterpillar asked Alice who she was, and Alice said she didn’t know.  While talking to the Caterpillar, she said, “‘I ca’n’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,’ said Alice, ‘because I’m not myself, you see.’”  (page 47.)  

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She was confused because she kept changing sizes and being called different things.  She frequently asked if she was still herself, or if she was different.  This poem was included in the book because Alice recited it differently in Wonderland, because she was different than she was before she fell down the rabbit hole. This poem sounds like nonsense, but after analyzing the poem, it makes sense because it is about how Alice changed from the time she fell down the rabbit hole until the time she woke up.


Movie Analysis

    The Disney version of Alice in Wonderland is closer in comparison to the book than the Tim Burton version.  Right from the beginning, the movie version is similar to the book.  When the movie starts, Alice and her sister are sitting in a meadow, and her sister is reading Alice a book.  Alice wonders what the point of this book is because it doesn’t have any pictures, just as she did in the book on page 11.  Alice’s cat, Dinah, was in the Disney movie version, just like she was in the book.  The White Rabbit was obsessed with time in the book and this movie.  When Alice first sees him, he is saying how late he is.
Many of the characters were the same in the book as they were in the Disney movie version.  Bill the lizard, who came to get Alice out of the White Rabbit’s chimney in the movie, was also in the book.  So were the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse.  A difference between the book and the movie was that the Queen of Hearts was portrayed as a person in the movie instead of a queen of hearts in a pack of cards.  The King of Hearts was also a person in the movie instead of a card.  In the movie, there was no Dutchess, Mock Turtle, or Griffin.  Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were in the movie, when they weren’t in the book.
    There were more similarities between the book and the Disney movie, and many of the characters, quotes and settings were the same. There were even a few poems in the movie that were in the book. It is easier to understand what is going on in the movie after reading the book, because the book explains in detail what is happening and what Alice is thinking in certain situations.  In conclusion, the Disney movie version of Alice in Wonderland in more accurate to the book than the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland.