Checkmate: Sources of Power in <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland</i>

  • Sofia Padrón University of Florida


Thanks to Disney, it is probably safe to assume that most Americans can recognize the Cheshire Cat even without having read the 1865 publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The cartoon adaptation is quite faithful to Carroll’s original plot: a young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in an outrageously fantastical world, Wonderland. While there she encounters food that makes her grow and shrink, animals who speak, an unceasingly outraged Queen, and much more. Ultimately, however, Alice wakes up to realize that her curious adventure was all a dream.