Alice in Wonderland': Characters, Themes & Review

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CHARACTERS Alice - The seven-year-old protagonist of the story. Alice believes that the world is orderly and stable, and she has an insatiable curiosity about her surroundings. The White Rabbit -The White Rabbit is figure of some importance, but he is manic, timid, and occasionally aggressive. The Queen of Hearts - The ruler of Wonderland. The Queen is severe and domineering, continually screaming for her subjects to be beheaded. The Cheshire Cat – a cat who displays a detached, clearheaded logic and explains Wonderland’s madness to Alice. The Duchess - The Queen’s uncommonly ugly cousin. The Mad Hatter - A small, impolite hatter who lives in perpetual tea-time. The March Hare - The Mad Hatter’s tea-time companion. THEME Growth into Adulthood Alice's adventures parallel the journey from childhood to adulthood. She comes into numerous new situations in which adaptability is absolutely necessary for success. By the end of the novel, she is self-possessed and able to hold her own against the most baffling Wonderland logic. Size change Alice's size changes also bring about a change in perspective, and she sees the world from a very different view. She becomes a much stronger, self-possessed person Death Since the Alice books are at root about change (the transition from childhood to adulthood, the passage of time), mortality is inescapable as a theme. Death is the final step of this process of growth. Language and Logic/Illogic The books point out the pains and advantages of language. Language is a source of joy and adaptability; it can also be a source of great confusion. GENRE A better term to describe the genre of the Alice books than "fairy tale" is fantasy. Definition-wise, this makes a lot of sense. A world where playing cards come to life, animals can talk, and magic potions make you shrink is definitely fantastic. Finally,
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