Character Analysis Of The Mad Hatter In Alice In Wonderland, By Lewis Carroll

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In both stories of Alice in Wonderland (1865) (2010) by Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton, Alice relies on imaginary characters as archetypes guides and helpmates to help better herself throughout her adventure in Wonderland. From beginning to end, Alice Kingsley fought her own battles, whether they were against herself, or against an external force. If it weren’t for the imaginative characters created by Carroll, found throughout Alice’s adventure, or the adventure itself, she would have been unable to move forward in her real life outside of Wonderland. Although Burton was able to base majority of his film off of Carroll’s novel, he was still able to use his own interpretation, giving his version of the story more depth and meaning. The two versions …show more content…
The Mad Hatter is actually a representation of Alice’s own madness. Even though it is a difficult concept to grasp, bare with me. While Alice is at the engagement party dancing with Hamish, she keeps spouting off random thoughts that Hamish finds extremely strange. She says, “‘I had a sudden vision, all the ladies in trousers and the men in dresses!’” and Hamish responds: “‘it would be best to keep your visions to yourself, when in doubt, remain silent’” (Burton). Following Hamish asking Alice where her head is, she responds, “‘I was wondering what it would be life to fly,’” where Hamish replies, “‘why would you spend your time thinking of an impossible thing’” (Burton). If one was to think about it though, Alice doesn;y state such random, odd things when in Wonderland. Instead another character does it for her, the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter is known for his random outbursts such as, asking what month it is, mid conversation (Carroll 81). After Alice slays the Jabberwocky, the Mad Hatter does his signature dance the Futterwacken, but once Alice is back in her real life, she does the dance and goes back to her erratic self. The fact that Alice only makes such strange comments when she isn’t in the presence of the Hatter proves the point. The Mad Hatter is a representation of Alice’s madness, but only when she isn’t with him, because when she is, he is able to say all the odd things circulating in her

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