Alice In Wonderland: The Story Of Alice In Wonderland

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The story of the curious little girl named Alice was a late arrival to the fairy tale scene; yet many still consider this strange tale a classic. The beloved classic story of Alice in Wonderland has a place in many childhoods, and some adults’ lives. As many other fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland has been re-imagined time and time again. Disney has made sure this will be a story to be remembered for years to come. Nevertheless, I will be discussing two of the more obscure re-imaginings of this story; one from the comic world of DC’s Batman, and the other from music world. But first, before those can be explored, some history must be shed on this story. As have other stories, Alice in Wonderland, has been distorted by the Disney filter to many…show more content…
In 1992, Batman: the Animated Series released a back story episode on the villain Mad Hatter. In this telling of Alice, the Jervis Tetch, a scientist for Wayne Enterprises, becomes infatuated with his secretary Alice. One day at work, Jarvis hears Alice crying and telling their boss Dr. Cates about a fight between her and her boyfriend Billy. He takes this opportunity as an attempt to woo her on a date rifled with mind controlled patrons at all steps of the night. The next day, Jarvis’s walks in to find out Alice and Billy made up and are engaged. Jarvis’s mental stability crumbles to madness when Jarvis realizes his love is unrequited, he begins utilizing the mind control technology he is working on for Wayne Enterprises. Thus arises the birth of Jarvis into the Mad Hatter. His first major victim of mind control is Billy, who the Mad Hatter forces to break off his engagement with Alice. After work Alice finds Jarvis waiting for her in her house. Batman soon shows up asking questions about the other mind controlled patrons, Jarvis replies by relating them to Alice in Wonderland characters. Some of these characters are the Walrus, the Carpenter, and the Queen of Hearts. Jarvis happens to escape Batman with the use of his controlled characters, and takes Alice to a Wonderland themed park. There ensues another battle between Batman and the Mad Hatter for Alice’s freedom…show more content…
In the summer of 2007, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson released the album Eat Me, Drink Me. The majority of the album had references to Lewis Carroll, cannibalism/vampirism, and historical and personal references. The stand out song, and song of analysis, is the last song of the album and of the same name “Eat Me, Drink Me.” At the time of conception, Manson was in the midst of a divorce from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese after being caught in a peculiar relationship with the actress half his age Evan Rachel Wood. The age difference alone with Manson and Evan’s illicit relationship pays homage to Carroll’s relation to Alice obscure relationship. The peculiar continues throughout the album on to the finale. The song “Eat Me, Drink Me” opens to a vision of the Red Queen’s court painted red, but this time by blood and not red paints as the original story. This is a more fitting and adult take on the original tale, seeing as the Red Queen is obsessed with beheading people. This concept could be seen in a Freudian lens as a castration of manhood after the loss of a love; in Carroll’s case his illegitimate unrequited love for Alice, and Manson’s divorce. The song continues into the chorus stating its namesake “…eat me, drink me; this is only a game…” (Manson). The chorus references Carroll’s famous Alice quote “eat me, drink me” seen
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