What is the summary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland opens on a scene of Alice reading over her sister Delilah's shoulder. Alice sees the White Rabbit scurry down a rabbit hole and decides to follow him. In Wonderland, she meets an assortment of strange characters, including the Cheshire Cat, who advises her to attend a tea party thrown by the March Hare. After the Mad Hatter tries to cut her hair, Alice runs away from the tea party. She soon finds herself in a garden where servants are painting roses red to appease the Queen of Hearts. Alice is called upon to testify against a tart thief. When Alice admits she knows nothing about the crime, the Queen orders her execution. Alice wakes up at the last minute to realize this was all a dream.

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rshaffer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland is about a young girl, Alice, who is sitting along the bank of a river when she notices a rabbit in clothing run by.  The rabbit says he is late and jumps down a hole through which Alice follows.  This is where her adventure begins with many bizarre happenings and meetings of different people.  She comes upon locked doors that she unopens with a key she finds.  Strange things such as drinking a potion shrinks her, and eating a piece of cake grows her back. 

In the middle of novel, Alice learns how wonderland works by drinking just enough potion or eating just enough cake to either shrink or grow in order to manuver through wonderland as she is searching for the garden.

While in the garden, Alice meets playing cards who are painting white roses red because they didn't plant them, and the Queen will behead them if she finds out.  Alice saves the cards by hiding them.

In the last part of the book, Alice finds herself in a courtroom where the Jack of Hearts is on trial for stealing the Queen's tarts.  This trial is just as chaotic as the beginning and middle of the book.  As Alice begins to grow again, she becomes bolder and points out the absurdity of the trial.  The Queen orders her head to be cut off, and Alice retaliates by saying that she is not afraid of playing cards.  At this point, the cards begin flying at her and she awakes from this dream.

It ends with Alice telling her sister of her dream, and her sister telling Alice that she will soon grow up, but to keep her "heart of childhood."

This is a quick summary.  There is much more to the novel, and if you follow the link below, you will get more detail.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, a girl named Alice, who wishes for a more exciting world, takes a magical journey through a rabbit hole to a place called Wonderland. While there, she meets many kinds of creatures. A few main characters are the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and of course the white rabbit. Throughout the movie, she is chasing the white rabbit and goes through many obstacles to find him and ask him what date he is very late for. She learns many lessons and gets very good (and sometimes confusing) advice. A twist: at the end, she realizes it is all a dream.

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