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Alice: The Stereotypical Child

October 29, 2009

Alice, like most children, tend to believe in “wonderlands” or other magic.

The story starts out with Alice sitting on the bank by her sister. On this hot day, it would be easier for a child to wander off in their imagination.

For example on page 11 it says:

“…to hear the Rabbit say to itself ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!'”

Any adult reading this would know that a rabbit cannot talk, but Alice believes what she hears. Because children believe magical things can happen, they go along with it. In this case, Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole.

On page 12,

“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”

In a way, this is showing us how kids learn from their mistakes. Since they truly believe in anything, they will go with it and this can sometimes lead to problems. This is teaching us a lesson to think before we do something. Sadly, in the end of chapter one she is stuck at the bottom of the rabbit hole upset and confused.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon L. permalink
    November 16, 2009 5:35 pm

    I like where you were going with this blog. I do agree that adults would know that rabbits’ can not talk, but when reading this I don’t think they would automatically think that rabbit’s don’t talk. This is because I believe most would go along with it because it is a magical story and anything can happen. I like the second quote you put up, “In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” I do agree that she is a stereotypical child, because most children do not think before they act. Although I do not think it was smart for her to immediately go down the rabbit hole, I don’t think that it was a mistake. But that was something that needed to happen in order to show kids to think before they act.

  2. October 31, 2009 11:50 am

    I think that yes, there are lessons to which she has to learn, but really is she ready to learn them? She’s still young and thinking before acting isn’t exactly at the top of a child’s to do list. However, everyone learns from their mistakes, and that’s how you fix them. Maybe her age will come to her benefit sooner or later, but for now all it has done is send her on an exciting, yet scary adventure that’s just getting started.

  3. Melissa H. permalink
    October 31, 2009 11:34 am

    I wouldn’t consider her going down the hole a mistake that she learns from. I see it as leading to an adventure she’s never been on before. Also, I agree with Mr Kern about what he said that ” sometimes your greatest successes can come from perceived failures.” Many people experience things to realize it did happen for a reason. Yes sometimes the reason is bad, or good and changes them. I do like how you pointed out the quote on pg 12 “never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” This really stood out to me in this chapter. Just like Alice and most kids, they don’t think before they do things. We’ll just have to wait later on in the story to see if this was a mistake or worth her time.

  4. Jason Kern permalink
    October 29, 2009 10:32 pm

    While right now she is stuck at the bottom of a rabbit hole, might it lead to a bunch of new and exciting experiences? Will it really turn out to be a mistake that she learns not to do again or will she realize that some times you have to take calculated chances because they can lead to valuable experiences? Yes, you want to learn from your mistakes and always be safe but sometimes your greatest successes can come from perceived failures.

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