Background. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was originally a book written in the 1800’s by an English author referred to as Lewis Carroll, which was a pseudonym. It tells the story of a young girl, Alice, who happens to plummet down a rabbit hole which turns into an imaginary realm inhabited by eccentric and strange creatures. Various, outlandish occurrences, such as shrinking and growing in size, encountering a talking mouse and Cheshire feline, being present at a “mad” tea party, and etc., transpire during Alice’s time in this “wonderland”. This story has continued to remain popular among adults and children after all these decades. The narrative path and composition, characters, and images Carroll integrated into the story of Alice in Wonderland have been immensely influential in common culture and literature.
There have been several movie adaptations of Alice in Wonderland. Many of these movies are different from Carroll’s initial version, although the plot is fairly similar. The most recent Alice in Wonderland movie, which was directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2010. It starred Johnny Depth, Anne Hathaway, and other well-known actors/actresses. In this version, a teenaged Alice returns to the enchanted world from her youth escapade to reunite her former friends and discover her true purpose in life. Disney also created its own version of Alice in Wonderland in 1951, which was precise to Carroll’s novel. Most people have probably seen this rendition of Alice in Wonderland because it’s well-known in today’s society. Like most Disney movies, notable songs and whimsical adventures were emphasized throughout the movie in relation to Alice's trip through the wonderland. Many people believe that countless drug references were hidden within the film especially since illicit drug use was on the rise in the 1960’s.
Characters and Drugs. The well-known characters in Disney’s version of Alice and Wonderland consisted of Alice, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, and Caterpillar. As a result of their peculiar actions throughout the entire movie, these characters are a good representation of various illegal drug use and their adverse effects. These drugs consist of substances, such as Cocaine, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Opium, and Psilocybin Mushrooms.
Cocaine. Cocaine is a purified extract from the leaves of the Erythroxylon coca. There are two primary forms of cocaine; these include powdered and crack cocaine. Powdered cocaine is sometimes referred to as blow or coke, and can dissipate in water. It can be snorted or injected. On the other hand, crack cocaine is usually called rock or crack. It’s manufactured by a chemical procedure that allows it to stay in its "freebase" form, which can be smoked. Injecting and/or smoking cocaine results in virtually immediate effects; it enters the bloodstream rapidly and travels to the brain. Cocaine inhibits neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that...