Alice In Wonderland Essay

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In the 1951 Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland, Alice falls down a rabbit-hole while chasing a White Rabbit with a waistcoat and ends up in Wonderland. It is a place where animals talk and logic no longer exits. In the original work by Lewis Carroll, Alice grows internally and has control over her surroundings in Wonderland. She learns how to wear the crown of adulthood by finally knowing her identity in the end. Although Disney’s version imitates the same adventure as the original, Alice’s character’s identity does not develop.

In the opening scene, Alice desires something beyond orthodox. This is showed by her lack of interest in her studies and longing for a world in which ...view middle of the document...

Thus already Disney's Alice is presented as out of her element, the lone sane and rational creature among lunatics. She does not know her place in the bizarre world.

Alice claims stable proper qualities throughout the movie makes her more as an outsider in her world. In Carroll’s work, Alice begins to question and understand the other part of her identity. However throughout the movie, Alice repeatedly responds to struggles by remarking with “oh dear” and “oh my.” She constantly sits up straight and conducts herself respectably, unable to open her mind to the imagination of Wonderland. Disney continues to display her “perfect qualities” and does not make up her individuality. For example Alice displays perfect posture the silly “un-birthday” party. She retains her civilized air throughout the film; she speaks softly and evenly, even when she yells at the caterpillar. Also “when Alice runs after the March Hare, her body remains more upright than it should, which signals her attachment to proper behavior” (Ross 54). As a result Alice’s views of Wonderland remained unchanged .

Another scene that shows Alice’s undeveloped identity is the aftermath of the mad tea party. In a section of the plot invented for the movie, Disney's Alice has had enough craziness of Wonderland and wants to go home. She is confident to find what looks like a path but she is reduced to helpless tears when it is erased by a fanciful broom creature. She then passively sits down to wait to be rescued, all the while lecturing herself about the importance of reason and patience, and criticizing herself for the curiosity that led her into trouble. The movie takes a line from the original, "She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it)" (Carroll 23). The line changes to the first person and made the center of a musical lament in which Alice abandons for good her fantasy of excitement and power to dwindle into a tiny figure of Disney’s structured large, dark frame. Will Brooker adds to this argument by stating the scene “reduces the sophisticated address and the dry irony of Carroll's [story] to a soppy heroine in a blandly stereotyped English pastoral” (Brooker 200). Alice is mystified of all the nonsense of Wonderland but Disney emphasizes how Alice cannot relate to it. In the original work, Alice at least has two companions that understands her so she feels a level of belonging. Since she is the creator but a foreigner of Wonderland, Alice is torn in her identity.

Disney’s version of Wonderland focuses more on the characters than Alice herself. The party centers on the March Hare and the Mad Hatter breaking a watch and subsequently trying to fix it. The Caterpillar and the Cat dominate their conversations with Alice; thus the story all but ignores its main character. She no longer directs the story. Instead “she is more of a bystander than an active participant in her adventures” (Ross 55)As a result,...

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