Modern day Tea party
In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by: Lewis Caroll, is a Victorian era literary piece. The book was published in 1865, featuring Alice as the main charecter in a fantasy world down a “rabbit hole”. Alice goes into the rabbit hole to chase a rabbit that she heard talk. Going down this rabbit hole led Alice into a strange world named Wonderland. This piece of literature alludes to many things in the main character’s life.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland starts by the main charecter, Alice sitting with her sister, and having a talking white rabbit run up to her stating “Oh dear! I shall be late!”(Caroll 1865). Thus Alice went into the twisting and turning rabbit hole, thus leading her into a world of growing through drinks that make her shrink, and cakes that make her grow. Alice enters a garden to attempt to follow the talking white rabbit, Lewis Carroll uses two poems in chapter two, to emphasize the setting Alice is placed in while crying so much she floated through a small door into a garden. Alice started talking gibberish stating “Alice’s right foot, Esq. Hearthrug, near the fender, (with Alice’s love). Thus entering the garden, and meeting new characters.
Alice then continues on her journey throughout wonderland, meeting a talking mouse and angering the mouse by talking of cats, and dogs, and a variety of birds that have a discussion between each other. Alice uses many phrases throughout the piece of literature within the beginning of her journey in wonderland, one example is “you had got to the fifth bend, I think?” (Caroll 1865) thus showing how literature is used in that time period. Alice then goes on attempting to find the white rabbit, taking advice from many animals along the way, one charecter very known and incorporated throughout movies and plays is the caterpillar that smokes out of a
hookah, stating phrases to attempt to make Alice feel as though she does not know her own identity, phrases such as “explain yourself”(Caroll 1865) after Alice tries to explain why growing or shrinking is not normal is the formal setting Alice originated from. A very iconic scene in this piece of literary work is the tea party scene with the Hatter, and Alice, on Alice’s search for the white rabbit, Alice’s mood becomes irritated within the setting of this story, because of the Hatters consistent riddles such as “You might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’” (Caroll 1865) thus the hatter exhibiting a playful behavior, also described in the time in which the book was wrote as going mad, and the mad part being incorporated into later works. Throughout the rest of the literary piece Alice meets The King and Queen of hearts, the Queen stating her infamous line that has been kept through all adaptations, of ordering execution, and Alice have multiple quarrels over power and non-sensible topics within the kingdom, only to end with Alice waking to her “dull reality” near her sister.
I choose to take pictures to replicate the tea party scene, to the best of my ability. I wanted to capture the emotion within Alice, and the Hatter in this scene. I choose to attempt a very youthful look for Alice, as she is a child, and a more amused look for the hatter, and simply use items found around my personal home. I attempted to capture certain moments within this piece of the literature, such as the Hatter acting quizica; or Alice looking annoyed. This assignment helped grow my knowledge on different time periods, british literature.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1865. Project Gutenberg,
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11/11-h/11-h.htm. Accessed Day + Month + 2020.