The Queen an Older Sibling?
After finishing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I began to think about some of the less major characters that I neglected to pay attention to before. One such character was the Queen.
The Queen appears to be somewhat of an older sibling. While she acts that way towards Alice, she seems to act the same way towards every other character as well. For example, the Queen is constantly shouting “Off with her head!” to whoever she sees. However, she never acts on those threats. This is reminiscent of an older brother (or in this case, sister) that always raises their arm to hit their younger sibling but never actually hits them. Additionally, the empty threats link up with an angry sibling’s own meaningless bluffs, such as “I’m going to kill you!”
Both are seemingly very violent but in truth all parties know that both the Queen and the older sibling she resembles would never follow through with such menace.
Further evidence that the Queen represents an older sibling (that, in turn, feels superiority) is presented when Alice is talking with the Cheshire Cat about the Queen. Alice notices the Queen is listening in and quickly changes her critical tune to declaring that the Queen is so “likely to win” (p. 86) the croquet game. The Queen is obviously pleased by this, and a possible conflict is avoided. Could Alice have been fearful of the Queen’s wrath (similar to an older siblings own)?
By looking closely at the Queen, it seems possible that she is like an angry, bluffing older sibling who thinks she is far superior to those her junior.