Posted by: Derek_M | November 4, 2009

“Of Mice and [Wo]men”

In Chapter two, Alice becomes adept at discovering the fantastical world as shown in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As she cries, her predicament increases in intensity, only once she realizes that she is shrinking rapidly. As she is swimming, she comes across a mouse. After insulting it by mentioning her cat Dinah, he swims off. After she apologizes, they decide to go to the ‘island’ so that he can explain his severe hatred of cats and dogs. Alice is intrigued by this, so she follows him.

Once again Alice’s innocence is visualized from her insistent crying and state of disrepair. She is forgetting how to speak English, proving the effects of this world are harmful and not beneficial. She actually thinks to talk to the mouse ,which shows her ever-changing views of the unrealistic  ‘world’.  Chapter 2 also shows that her mind is being sculpted by this new world. Alice allows her innocence to overcome her skepticism. She is in the beginning of her transition into adulthood. The mouse is also a figure of the world in by which she is intrigued. She is always trying to make everyone in this world happy, but one theme in the book is that no two things are alike. The theme translates  into the two separate worlds, showing the unrealistic as well as realistic views because in one place some things are strange, but in another they are common. This seems to be a theme that Carroll is playing around with in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Does Alice have to show her two different sides to fit in the fantastical and realistic world?

The Tale of Mice and Woman will continue in Chapter Three, when the mouse takes the lead in telling his story for all to hear.

Image courtesy of http://bugtown.com/alice/

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Responses

  1. “Does Alice have to show her two different sides to fit in the fantastical and realistic world? This question made me wonder about the many “faces” we put on each day, depending on our surroundings. How much of ourselves do we sacrifice to “fit in”? A well-written post will ultimately force the emergence of more questions on the part of the reader. Nice job making my head hurt.

  2. I adore these points you make: “Chapter 2 also shows that her mind is being sculpted by this new world. Alice allows her innocence to overcome her skepticism. She is in the beginning of her transition into adulthood.”


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