As I read chapter eight I got a sudden feeling of deja vu.
While at the Queen’s croquet game the White Rabbit tells Alice that the Duchess was going to be executed for boxing the Queen’s ears. I knew that I had seen this before so I searched the story to make sure I wasn’t loosing my mind. Finally I found it in chapter one- “and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing with herself.” Suddenly ideas and questions began to rush into my head. Is the entire story a reflection of Alice’s previous life? Are all of the characters a reflection of a portion of Alice’s personality? I know it is a stretch but just think about it.
Perhaps Alice is dreaming of events in her life, but Alice is encountering herself in various new people. Alice is the Queen when she feels demanding and powerful. She is the duchess when she feels hot-tempered. She is the White Rabbit when she is running late or feels as if she is running out of time. She is the Mad Hatter when time seems to stand still like when she is bored. She is the Cheshire Cat when she feels omnipresent and all-knowing. She is the cards/gardeners two, five, and seven when she is fearful of her mistakes. She is the Caterpillar when she is feeling contemptuous and scornful.
The tea party could be a formal tea or social event that she attended that she felt lasted for a very long time. The Queen’s croquet game is obviously a croquet game that she had played with herself. The encounter with the White Rabbit is tricky, though. How would it be described as a parallel of Alice’s life if it is actually happening in the “real world” as Alice knows it? It could be the crossover scene, or the time when both worlds overlap. Perhaps the rabbit is the only real part of Wonderland or the only fake part of the “real world”(which in my opinion may be the same thing). Or maybe the rabbit is a hybrid, a being of both dimensions.
Just one final thought:
If Alice’s time spent in Wonderland is a parallel of her life, what happens when the story ends?