4 Theories That’ll Change the Way You Look At Alice in Wonderland

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What is going on, Disney? You’d think that sweet ol’ cartoons like Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty wouldn’t be plagued with sexual innuendos and disturbing stories about rape, but they are — NOT OKAY. And Alice in Wonderland is no different in the hidden messages department. Here are four theories you need to know about the Lewis Carroll tale:

1. Alice in Wonderland is an allegory for how one progresses from childhood to adulthood. “Alice is engaged in a romance quest for her own identity and growth, for some understanding of logic, rules, the games people play, authority, time, and death.”—BBC

2. The gender roles are effed up. In the 2010 version of the story, starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway, “almost all the leadership roles are fulfilled by women who rule the two major kingdoms. While the headship is in the hand of these two women, we notice that the brains behind their operations rested in men’s hands. In the case of the Queen of Hearts, the Red Knight rules through the queen, as she is shown to be naïve and comically stupid. On the other side, the White Queen is the figurehead who is trying to rise up in power, however, it is the Mad Hatter who is leading and organizing a force against the Queen of Hearts. So the White Queen is nothing less than a symbol. This gives gender roles an obvious function in the movie “calling attention to the fact of gender caused children to agree more with stereotypes.”—mafrood

3. Class differences. “The film reinforces the idea of class struggle through various scenes by showing characters from both classes, in which the higher class is always the superior and the lower class is the inferior.” For example, the walrus and the carpenter.

Alice in Wonderland, Walrus & Carpenter

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