The Male Characters In Alice In Wonderland

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It is amazing that nearly all critics of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland focused solely on the character and adventures of the female protagonist/hero. A somewhat right-wing and didactic critique at Decent Films writes, “Alice embodies the gender feminist narrative of vibrant young girls losing their mojo as they come of age in patriarchal society.” The woman’s magazine, Jezebel, while praising the movie as “refreshingly feminist” seemed to notice only that the hero who fights against the forces of evil is a woman. Jezebel mentions other characters, but does not take the time to catalogue their relationship to feminism. In an Associated Content piece by Adriana Tanese-Nogueria which does, commendably, explore the feminist theme much more richly than many other reviews, still, the main focus is on Alice’s journey of feminist liberation. But Lewis Carroll also takes a look at the men in this story. Men during the Victorian era were known to have the control over the household and have a job. Their lives were around getting the perfect wife and making a lot of money. So when one reads some of the characters in Alice in Wonderland, one can see some difference in how he portrays some of the characters.
When thinking about male characters, one would have to also include the male animal characters. During the time Carroll wrote this book, some would say that he bace the character on real people. The animals that portray different men that Lewis Carroll knew in the Victorian era. One could not talk about the men without including every male character . So first let’s start talking about the one character that leads Alice down the rabbit hole in the first place.
The white rabbit is the one who gets Alice interested in the adventure down the rabbit hole. In the story, Carroll seems to have depicted the white rabbit to someone he knew. “The White Rabbit is undoubtedly Alice Liddell's family physician, Dr Henry Wentworth Acland. Dr Acland was Oxford's Regius Professor of Medicine.”(Day, page 6) The rabbit and Dr Henry Wentworth Acland are similar because would both often check their watch and rush off to their next appointment. This shows that when writing Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll most likely created most of the characters to represent someone from society. Though when one looks at the rabbit, it also represents the men who are always one the run and wanting to please everyone.
Next male character, would be the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter represents the working men of the fashion industry during the Victorian era. Hat makers would use the mineral, mercury, in the making of hats and that poison would not only affect the way they would look but also their mentality. There are many cases that the worker became “Mad as a Hatter”. The saying was actually used before Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. That Hatter also represents someone else that Lewis Carroll knew. “The Mad hatter is Charles Kingsley.”(Day, page 4)...

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