Alice in wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 American computer-animated film directed by Tim Burton and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The film is inspired by English author Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Mia Wasikowsla plays the now nineteen-year-old Alice who, 13 years after her previous visit, returns for the first time as a young woman. She is told that she is the only one who can slay the labberwocky, a dragon-like creature controlled by the Red Queen who terrorizes Wonderland’s inhabitants.

It’s interesting that we never see or hear anything about her parents. Alice never talks about them; she doesn’t even call for her mom or dad (or, as a Victorian girl would have called them, her mummy and daddy) when she’s frightened by the strange creatures she meets during her adventures. Even when she mentions the people she left behind in the real world, she refers to them simply as “they”: “How brave they’ll all think me at home” (Wonderland 1.7). This suggests that she’s thinking of an entire household – parents, servants, nurse, tutor, sister, and so on – instead of just her parents. Alice’s lack of attention to her family doesn’t end with her parents. She doesn’t even mention her sister’s name, even though she talks about her cat by name all the time.

If Alice’s disconnection from her family strikes you as strange, perhaps it shouldn’t. Victorian children in wealthy families with nursemaids probably saw their parents only for short periods each day, unless they had mothers who wanted to be more involved in the nursery. Most of Alice’s interpersonal contact is probably with her nurse and tutors or teachers. So it makes sense for her to mention Dinah, the cat, more often than her mother – she probably sees Dinah far more regularly. Of course, Alice’s stand-alone nature and the way she seems to exist on her own without much of a family or history also makes it easier to turn her into a generic heroine, and allow the readers to imagine they’re in Alice’s shoes.

In Wonderland, Alice struggles with the importance and instability of personal identity. She is constantly ordered to identify herself by the creatures she meets, but she herself has doubts about her identity as well.

“It’s impossibile” “Only if you believe it is”

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