The significance of cards in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The description of the royal inhabitants of Wonderland as physical playing cards suggests the concept of a house of cards. Rule and expectation are structured very carefully, and even a single card “out of place” within the house will likely catalyze a collapse of the structure as it were. Alice is clearly the card which actively disrupts the order (or the order of disorder that is Wonderland), and this dynamic is exhibited finally and most directly with the event of Alice’s exit from Wonderland, as she bluntly accuses the queen, king, and subjects of being nothing more than a pack of cards. She willfully illegitimatizes their authority, which releases her from Wonderland, and, from one perspective, subverts its entire construct. All of this suggests that in some situations, figures of authority maintain their power because those whom they govern simply and consistently allow them the power and authority.

The Ending of Wonderland

Today in class we talked about the ending of Alice in Wonderland, and the significance of Alice obtaining the authority to stand up against the court and finally get out of Wonderland.  My thought about the ending kinda ties in with the Victorian Age and the “lessons” that the kids during that time would learn.

Maybe Wonderland was a lesson that Alice needed in order to learn how to stand up for who she was and for her beliefs, even if that does go against the beliefs of what a Victorian woman/girl could and should do.  Maybe being able to control her size shows how Alice can control her emotions and her actions outside of Wonderland and when to stand up for herself and her beliefs at certain and appropriate times.

Leave comments and input, I would love to know what you guys think!