The Looking-Glass World in Breaking Dawn

The quintessential looking-glass moment in Breaking Dawn occurs when Alice appears in the room in the Cullen's mansion bearing a large gilt-framed mirror to ensure that Bella takes a good look at her new vampire self. But throughout the book there are references, borrowings, and allusions to Lewis Carroll's famous fantasy book. The book cover of Breaking Dawn with the white queen chess piece. the large windows in the Cullen house that reflect like mirrors, the river behind the house the Bella has to jump over repeatedly, the references to eggs, the quote from Humpty Dumpty to the effect that all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Bella together again (Breaking Dawn, p. 355, Chapter 18), are a few of the many examples of this influence.

Here are some Looking-Glass quotations and examples that resonate with Breaking Dawn:

(1) Wild White Queen ( Chapter 7: The Lion and the Unicorn)

"Look, look!" she cried, pointing eagerly. "There's the White Queen running across the country! She came flying out of the wood over yonder--How fast those Queens can run!"
"There's some enemy after her, no doubt," the King said, without even looking round. "That wood's full of them."

Note: Bella as a vampire prefers running to driving her Ferrari.

(2) A Game of Chess (Chapter 2: The Garden of Live Flowers)

Note: Through the Looking Glass develops as a game of chess with white and red pieces. The countryside is laid out in squares separated by hedgerows and brooks that you have to jump across to get to the next square.

(3) Jumping Across the Water ( Chapter 8: It's My Own Invention)

"and now for the last brook, and to be a Queen!
...The Eighth Square at last!" she cried as she bounced across, and threw herself down to rest on a lawn as soft as moss, with little flower-beds dotted about it here and there. "Oh, how glad I am to get here! and what is this on my head?" she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, that fitted tight all round her head.
. . .It was a golden crown.

Note: Bella and the other members of the family have to jump over a river beside the Cullen's house when they want to go into the woods.

(4) Peering Through Gauze (Chapter 1: Looking-glass House)

Oh, Kitty, how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House! I'm sure it's got, oh! such beautiful things in it....Let's pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why it's turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It'll be easy enough to get through--...And certainly the glass was beginning to melt away, just like a bright silvery mist.

Note: In Breaking Dawn, p. 544, Bella recalls a dream that seems to her as if filtered through gauze.

(5) Dazzling and Dazzled (Chapter 8: It's My Own Invention)

. . . "the setting sun gleaming through his hair, and shining on his armour in a blaze of light that quite dazzled her . . . "

Note: The White Knight's reflection of light dazzles Alice.

(6) Singing a Lullaby (Chapter 8: It's My Own Invention and Chapter 9: Queen Alice)

"You are sad," the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you."

"Smooth her hair -- lend her your nightcap -- and sing her a soothing lullaby."

(7) Misdirection (Chapter 2: The Garden of Live Flowers)

"I think I'll go and meet her, said Alice. . . .
"You can't possibly do that," said the Rose, "I should advise you to walk the other way."
This sounded nonsense to Alice, so she said nothing, but set off at once toward the Red Queen. To her surprise she lost sight of her in a moment, and found herself walking in at the front-door again.
. . .she thought she would try the plan, this time, of walking in the opposite direction.
It succeeded beautifully.

Note: Renata's special power (p. 597, Breaking Dawn) -- you find yourself going in a different direction than you planned -- is similar to what happens in the Looking-glass World where Alice can't get anywhere unless she tries going in the opposite direction.

(8) Remembering the Future (Chapter 5: Wool and Water)

"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.

Note: The White Queen's reverse memory is a little like Alice Cullen's psychic ability.

(9) No Fashion Sense (Chapter 5: Wool and Water)

Alice helps the White Queen with her shawl and hair. "You really should have a lady's maid!" she says. .

Note: In Breaking Dawn Alice Cullen helps Bella dress and complains about her clothes and fashion sense.

(10) Prickly Pins (Chapter 5: Wool and Water)

"Every single thing's crooked," Alice thought to herself, "and she's all over pins!"

Note: As the White Queen foresees will happen, she pricks her finger on her brooch. In Breaking Dawn, Charlie is pricked with a pin while Alice is fitting his wedding clothes.

(11) Breaking the Trees (Chapter 4: Tweedledum and Tweedledee)

"I generally hit everything I can see -- when I get really excited."
"And I hit everything within reach," cried Tweedledum, whether I can see it or not!"
Alice laughed, "You must hit the trees pretty often, I should think," she said.
Tweedledum looked round him with a satisfied smile. "I don't suppose," he said "there'll be a tree left standing, for ever so far round, by the time we've finished!"

Note: Emmet remarks that the forest needs thinning (p. 651, Ch. 34) when Bella asks him to practice fighting with her.

In Breaking Dawn, p. 147, Chapter 8, Jacob wants "a good snarling, ripping, break-the-trees-down match".





Through the Looking Glass
Breaking Dawn


Twilight Saga Notes

Thruogh the Looking-Glass and Twilight

Down the Rabbit Hole

Wuthering Heights and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Red Hair

Bella's Window