Inspirational people surround us at every turn. To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.
Last time I honoured fictional film character, Andie from Pretty in Pink. You can read that post HERE. Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to another fictional character, Alice in Wonderland.
The school holidays are upon us (whoop whoop), and I’ve taken full advantage of the summer sunshine, discounted travel, and staycation deals and whisked my three teens off to London for a few days.
I love our Capital city, it’s full of history, diversity, and quirky people! I met this colourful character during my last trip to Camden (which is where I’ve brought the kids today). You’ve got to love the Mad Hatter!
Getting up close and personal with the MH himself prompted me to explore another pivotal character for the Monday Muse this week – Alice.
There are many interpretations about the young girl who fell down a rabbit-hole, but my favourite by far is how Alice grew during her adventures – and I’m not talking about her inability to avoid the magic ‘eat me’ cakes! She matures in this beautiful coming-of-age tale that borders on the insane. Growing and shrinking all point towards the ups and downs of life – something that we can all relate to.
Alice is alone. She is far from home and doesn’t have the support of her family around her. How does she cope? She deals with everything quite admirably as it happens. Would we cope in the same way I wonder?
Lewis Carroll was able to extract all his angst and day to day issues and feed them into his stories – some people believed he was on drugs when writing specific scenes in Alice in Wonderland, but as a survivor of anxiety and depression myself, I can understand how he channelled real life and used it positively.
Writing is an escape for me, as I know reading is for many. Losing yourself in a story can lessen a lifetime of pain. I love the simplicity of fairy tales that allow us to switch off the world for short periods of time – something that we all appear to need these days.
“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman ; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long-ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child- life, and the happy summer days.”
So, I will enjoy my short summer days here in London, and hope that my children remember them with a fondness that echoes that of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Now, anyone up for a tea-party?
“Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle — “
Have you read Alice in Wonderland, and did you enjoy it? Were there any themes that you spotted in the story?