Throughout April I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) on my chosen theme of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
Today kickstarts the challenge with the letter A, and I bet you’ll never guess what I’m writing about. Yes, let’s start by discussing the classic heroine, Alice.
Alice is a young girl who is filled with curiosity and cannot resist following the mysterious white rabbit. She stumbles down the rabbit hole and ends up in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, where everything she thought she knew about life, language and logic is called into question.
Alice is a cultural icon and a popular character because her naivety is quite charming and her imagination is wild and playful. I think she reminds us all of the dreamy and fantastical world of our childhood when it really did seem that nothing was impossible.
Alice embodies the innocence of childhood. Carroll described her as “loving and gentle”, “courteous to all“, “trustful”, and “wildly curious, and with the eager enjoyment of Life that comes only in the happy hours of childhood, when all is new and fair, and when Sin and Sorrow are but names — empty words signifying nothing!” (Alice on the Stage, 1887).
Some critics say that Alice’s introduction to Wonderland represents her curiosity, unease, and confusion about the adult world, which doesn’t yet make sense to her. Her ability to control her emotions is still developing, and she has a few outbursts of anger and tears when she doesn’t get her own way or is frustrated by the injustice of a situation. She’s overwhelmed by all the new things she encounters and she’s still learning about who she is as a person. I think we can all relate to that!
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
- There is speculation as to the extent that Alice is based on a young girl named Alice Liddell. Carroll insisted she was entirely fictional, but there’s a lot of evidence to suspect Liddell and her sisters inspired the character.
- The ‘Alice band’ headband was named after her since it featured in Tenniel’s illustrations.
- Alice was a brunette in early illustrations. The iconic image of a blonde in a blue dress wasn’t solidified until the Disney animation was released in 1951.
Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Alice in the Disney film, was also used as a live action reference model for Alice. She also played Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.
My Polyvore Collage
Before you go…
Do you like Alice as a character or do you find her childishness irritating?