The meaning of the animals in Alice in Wonderland

The meaning of the animals in Alice in Wonderland
Yareah Magazine

By John Glass

‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.

by Courtney Curran

by Courtney Curran

A lot of strange animals are living in the interior of Wonderland. Wonderland is Alice’s mind and every of them is representing one of her personal attitudes. When Alice will be able to control them, she will be a responsible person, able to face the adult world.

The White Rabbit. Everybody has two interior guides. The white rabbit is the shy guide.

The Cheshire Cat. It is the second guide: Alice’ logical thoughts (which appear and disappear like a rebel cat).

The Mad Hatter and the March Hare. They constantly frustrate Alice. Their obsession by the tea-time is representing the time, this ugly variable that nobody can control; less Alice, who is quickly growing. Soon, she will be an adult person, surrounded by strict rules that now she is trying to avoid.

The Dormouse. It is the companion of the previous two. It appears when time stops (but time only apparently stops).

The Caterpillar. Smoking and loitering, he represents the pleasures of life.

The Gryphon. It’s Alice’ strength

The Mock Turtle. It’s her weakness.

The Knave of Hearts. Accused of steeling, it’s her guilt complex.

The Mouse. It’s the first creature that Alice knows in Wonderland. It’s her intuition.

The Dodo. It’s her creativity. In the tale, he shows it by inventing words.

The Pigeon. A Wonderland creature who believes Alice is a serpent. Therefore, it is her confusion.

Bill. A lizard… her stupidity.

The Frog-Footman. The Duchess’s footman: ergo, the submission.

A metaphoric world: Wonderland.

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