We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Yesterday I did an introduction of sorts to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Today I shall write more about the actual story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. The story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland starts with Alice being bored, and baffled by her sister’s desire to read a book which has no pictures in it – “What is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without any pictures or conversation?” and just as Alice ponders that; she sees a white rabbit running past her saying how very late he is. Of course this is just something crazy, but Alice decides to follow the rabbit who says “Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” The rabbit runs into a rabbit hole and Alice follows him as she is curious to know what this rabbit is late for. Upon entering the rabbit hole she falls – falls quite far down and ponders whether she will land in New Zealand or some other foreign place at the bottom of the world.

When she finally lands she is in a room, and she tries to follow the rabbit but he has already gone through the door which Alice discovers, much to her dismay, is locked. Looking around for a key, Alice sees something on a table which was not there before that says ‘drink me’ Alice drinks it, and starts to shrink to just the right size to be able to fit through the small door, but discovers that she has forgotten to take the key from the table. Just at that moment she found some treats that said ‘eat me’ which she duly did and started to grow. Alice grew far too tall and started crying so many large tears that soon the room started to flood.

When Alice is out of that predicament, she comes across a variety of animals and the strangest thing ever, a Caucus-Race!!! A Caucus-Race which is the act of running around in a circle until you are dry. When Alice leaves the Caucus- Race, she comes across the rabbit yet again; who is still scurrying about being late. As Alice tries to catch up to the rabbit, she comes across many ridiculously wonderful things such as a garden full of talking flowers, and the most exciting thing – the Mad Hatter with his never ending tea party. “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder where you’re at?” is what the little dormouse asleep in a teapot says when he is awake long enough to string a sentence together. Alice finds this tea party most frustrating as she never actually gets to drink a cup of tea.

Another thing that Alice encounters that is in Alice’s words from earlier in the book “Curiouser and curiouser!” is the Cheshire cat. And then of course there’s the Caterpillar who I think they adapted just perfectly in the Disney 1950s animation. Alice’s encounter with the Caterpillar is rather brief, but she meets the Cheshire cat numerous times.

The story comes close to culmination when Alice comes across the deck of cards that are painting white roses red. This leads to Alice meeting the Queen of Hearts and playing the strangest game of croquet – in which one uses a flamingo to hit a hedgehog. Alice narrowly escapes a death sentence by the Queen and wakes up to find just in time that she has been dreaming all along.

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