In this reading of Alice Through The Looking Glass, the reader follows Alice through another whimsical fantasy tale. Here, we see Alice entering into the world of the looking glass into a springy outdoor scene. This contrasts the movement in Wonderland from an outdoor scene to a confined space. A theme weaved throughout this story is that of the chessboard. One thing I consistently notice with Alice is her tendency to echo very adult-like dominance and instruction (for example with the kittens at the intro). It interests me that while she can remain very mature and powerful at times, she usually reverts back to her timid and childish self in these fantasies. For example, when approached by the Red Queen, the queen tells her to, “Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say, it saves time.” and to “always say ‘your Majesty.'” In this way, Alice allows herself to be the submissive to the Queen and many characters in her own projections. In contrast, we see her progress through the story (in the form of progressing through the ranks of the chessboard) until she crosses the river and becomes crowned the Queen. Alice is proving herself by moving up the rankings from her submissive self into a position of power when challenging the Queen in a competition of logic. When awaking from shaking the queen/kitten, she finds herself again taking the maternal and powerful role over the Kitty. In Through The Looking Glass, we get insight into Alice’s transformation into a more confident self 

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