The Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity of a Child
Alice in Wonderland is a Disney movie based on Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. The movie Alice in Wonderland is one of Disney’s unique productions with distinctive characters and also a plot line. The initial story started with a plot in which Alice was sitting by a river bank with her older sister as she reads a borrowed book. The book was boring, didn’t have any images, had no conversation, and wasn’t interesting for Alice. In the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland the movie starts with a history lesson, a scene that appeared in the Caucus Race. Also, the Disney movie dismissed some chapters of the novel such as: A Caucus Race and a Long Tale, The Mock Turtle’s Story, and The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill. Instead the movie is filled up with lots of fantasy that is different from the original tale creating an integrated story. Disney completes the movie by adding their touch of stereotypes and subliminal messages. There are number of scenes that call attention to gender roles, drug use, and class struggle. This essay will analyze these messages and explain their impact on children. Alice, the main character of the movie, is a young teen between the age of ten and twelve. She is slightly younger than most female characters in Disney movies. Unlike the other Disney characters, Alice is not a princess who is “always ready for, longing for, hoping and dreaming for a man…etc.” but she is a child who envisions her own world (Packaging Girlhood, p. 67). She wishes to break away from routine and run to a wonderland, an imaginary world she creates. She then goes on a journey to this invented world, with no idea where it will take her. With no fear, she tours around a world that is enormously different from reality and full of strange characters. She is daring, curious and ready to explore the life around her. These are natural characteristics that most children have. Alice’s role is...
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