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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Many of us can remember the time in our childhood when we were first introduced to Lewis Carols fantasy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Whether in novel form, motion picture, or picture book, Carol’s world was cloaked in imagery and colorfully imaginative characters that are unforgettable today.
The synopsis of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland begins with Alice sitting on a riverbank catching a glimpse of a White Rabbit, in a waistcoat, holding a pocket watch, and muttering to himself that he is late. Intrigued, Alice follows the rabbit down a hole where she finds a bottle marked "drink me", and later a cake marked "eat me", both of which she does. The drink and the cake make her shrink and grow so that she may enter Wonderland.
Throughout her journey, Alice wanders through Wonderland chasing after the White Rabbit. She does meet him again, and he mistakes her for a servant. Again, Alice drinks a magical potion and grows to an enormous size, causing servants and animals to become afraid of her. They begin to throw rocks at her which magically transformed into cakes; the same ones that will make her shrink. After eating these, Alice wanders off and meets the Caterpillar. One of Carol’s most iconic characters, the Caterpillar is a hookah-smoking prophet who speaks nonsensical phrases. Before the Caterpillar leaves Alice, he explains that different parts of the mushroom he was sitting on will make her grow and shrink when she ingests them. Alice decides to try her luck and eats a part of the mushroom which stretches her neck like a giraffe high among the treetops.
Again, Alice wanders into the forest and comes across the house of the Duchess. There she meets the Cheshire Cat, a crazy cat, a cook, and the Duchess who is trying to calm a crying baby. Alice is treated very rudely by the Duchess and during their interaction she discovers that the baby is actually a pig. She inquires about Wonderland of the Cheshire Cat who explains that everyone in Wonderland is mad and gives Alice directions to March Hare’s (White Rabbit) house, then he disappears into a floating grin.
Alice again journeys through Wonderland and comes upon the house of the March Hare where the Mad Hatter and the dormouse are all having tea together. Again they treat her badly because she has interrupted their tea party without invitation. This prompts Alice to leave; on her way back she finds herself in a great hall standing in front of a door that she must eat some mushroom to shrink herself so that she may be small enough to pass through.
Through the door, Alice enters the garden of the Queen of hearts here she partakes in a strange game of croquet, where the balls are hedgehogs and the mallets are flamingos being held by their feet. At the match the Cheshire Cat shows up and is rude to the King who demands he be beheaded. However, he floats away leaving only his grin and no one can figure out how to behead him.
During this time the Duchess tells Alice she must go to the mock turtle’s home to hear his story. At this time, a trial is about to take place where the Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen's tarts. The King leads the trial and various characters are called to give their testimony on the matter. However nothing any of the characters say makes sense. Then the White Rabbit appears and reads a poem that was written by the knave which the King takes as an admission of guilt; Alice tries to stick up for the knave and ends up getting sentenced to be beheaded. Just then Alice grows to an enormous size knocking over the Queen's Army. This is when Alice finds herself awake on her sister’s lap.