An exploration of the feminism subconscious identity and imagination of Alice in Wonderland.
In this essay I will explore the character ‘Alice’ within “Alice in wonderland”, in the novel by Lewis Carroll (1865) and film directed by Tim Burton (2010). I want to look at how both construct ‘Alice’ through their own ways with feminist film theory and the debates surrounding her as a heroine and also what both offer to female viewers. I will discuss how psychoanalysis allows us to question Alice’s state and how this should influence our reading of her and other characters in the film and novel.
It is safe to way that in both versions of the novel and film Alice is an active female as the protagonist but to what extent?. “Alice’s adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is about a little girl called Alice who in her garden sees a rabbit then decides to follow it. She then falls down into a rabbit hole. Alice then enters into a fantasy world. In this world she meets strange anthropomorphic creatures. The novel was published in 1865 and inspired by a real life girl called Alice Liddell. Issues relating to gender are central in the book and even Carroll’s real life relations to male and females were distorted and confusing.
I will also be looking at Tim Burton’s films that have shown woman with different importance and made us look at woman in different and questioning ways. As well as Burton’s version of “Alice in wonderland” which inspired by Carroll’s second book “Through the looking glass and what Alice found there”. The film begins with Alice’s father being in a warm old Victorian style room discussing business about expanding his company with the other men. When he quotes a simple logical statement to the men saying “the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible”. Alice in wonderland is a fantasy film with all the main cast being female- Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska), red queen (Helena Bonham...