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Adventurous Alice

October 29, 2009

Alice was introduced as a regular girl, bored of her routine life and wanting an invitation to something spectacular. The rabbit is her invitation, pulling her further into an unknown world which she is driven to explore. It’s remarkable how accepting and welcoming she is to the bizarre things occurring around her. A talking rabbit would rattle an adults sanity, but with a child it is all part of a place they don’t yet, but strive to, understand.

After seeing the rabbit and thinking nothing of it, she later says, “…afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural.”(p.11-12) She knows that what she has seen is out of ordinary, she understands that a rabbit talking and pulling out a pocket watch is not normal and she “burns with curiosity”(p.12). Alice does not know anything about the rabbit, what dangers may lurk behind his fluffy tail and bouncy ears, and still she follows his lead. Even after this realization she still follows the odd creature into the rabbit hole.

Why is it that children don’t question unexplained adventures? They have no idea what may be ahead yet they are still willing to jump, and in Alice’s case, fall.

We all wish to be young forever, keep the same adventurous and peaceful mindset like Alice. To be so carefree and trusting is a gift that as we get older we tend to lose. We chastise children for their lack of responsibility, maturity, trust in others, and a long list of other “no no’s”, but don’t we all want to live like kids. To let go of the things that hold us down and follow the rabbit down the hole.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex D. permalink
    November 1, 2009 4:37 pm

    I caught in your first line: “an invitation to something spectacular”; this seems to be the same as Joseph Campbell’s “Call to Adventure.” Her life was all mundane, so the rabbit with the watch was something extraordinary that pulled her into action. The line in the gray box chosen to stand out asked a good question. Maybe since Alice was just a kid she naturally acted on impulse, which isn’t all that uncommon. Kids just jump into something, and once it’s over, they always want to go on to the next one. Call it curiosity, call it a short-attention span, but keep in mind it’s just a little girl we’re talking about.

  2. October 29, 2009 10:13 pm

    I love the spontaneous quality that Alice has and that you identify so well!

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