Alice’s attention is caught by a strange white rabbit pulling a watch out of his waistcoat. So she follows this time conscious clothed rabbit down the proverbial “rabbit hole” and falls into a new dimension of adventure and awesome but strange lovable characters.
There is the Cheshire Cat which Alice finds in a tree. It constantly grins (quite dashingly!) and disappears and reappears whenever it likes and sometimes just leaves its grin behind. The Cheshire Cat is probably the only character in Wonderland who actually listens to Alice. With his remarks, he teaches Alice the ‘rules’ of Wonderland.
Then there is The Caterpillar is sitting on a mushroom while smoking a hookah, when Alice first meets him. He is rather strict and not very friendly, and corrects Alice’s recitation of a poem, he does help her by advising her to eat from the mushroom if she wants to change her size (WTF?). He is they main reason why a hell of a lot of people think that the story of Alice in Wonderland contains hidden meanings to drug use, or that the author was on drugs when writing the book.
He is just an innocent blue caterpillar sitting on a mushroom advising Alice on the nuances of consuming too many mushrooms to become big (or is it bigger) and he is smoking a hookah which is not necessarily used for drug consumption and actually causes less damage to his lungs than (do caterpillars even have lungs???)
Then there is my favorite The Mad Hatter is one of the members of the Mad Tea Party. He also appears as a witness during the trial and is occasionally is very rude and provokes Alice during the tea party. When he is called upon by the Queen, he is very nervous and frightened. Obviously submissive in presence of authority figures and a demon among peers…
The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ was common in Carroll’s time. ‘Mad as a hatter probably owes its origin to the fact that hatters actually did go mad, because the mercury they used in their trade.
In case you were wondering about the tag on the Mad Hatter’s hat. It is a price tag, displaying the price ‘ten and six’: 10 shillings and 6 pennies.
The Evil The Queen of Hearts who is one of the playing card characters Alice meets when she is finally able to enter the beautiful garden through the tiny door in the hallway. The Queen of Hearts rules over Wonderland and is a tyrant – violent, authoritative, dominant. She likes to play croquet with live flamingoes and hedgehogs as mallets and balls and constantly orders the beheading of people when something isn’t to her liking, good to be queen!. She is feared by all other Wonderland inhabitants because of her lack of patience and explosive character.
The Queen of Hearts by Disney Carroll wrote the following about the Queen of Hearts: “I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion – a blind and aimless Fury.”
The white rabbit, kind of Alice’s guide through her adventure a little absentminded, nervous though confident about himself
Alice grows and shrinks. She gets caught in houses and below tables because of her size. She finally learns how to control her size with judicially eating her mushrooms. As each new event happens, she describes her experiences as “curiouser and curiouser.”
Alice and her adventures are probably known the world around. Her story has been made into movies, television specials and stage plays. This imaginative tale is timeless. So is the book. The book describes the action and characters, yet still leaves so much room for the imagination to roam. If you’ve never read this children’s book, READ IT. If you read it a long time ago, READ IT AGAIN. If you cannot read watch the movie (apparently its out in 3D! (Whoooohoooo!)
You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s not just for children.