Posted by: Brittany M | November 4, 2009

Pool of Consequences

   The longer Alice stays in Wonderland the more bizarre things get and the less Alice questions any of it. She becomes so accustomed to everything so quickly she does not stop to think about the consequences of anything she decides to do. She drinks the liquid knowing nothing except that it is not labeled poisonous and eats the cake not knowing what it might cause to happen to her. All she knows is they are labeled “Drink Me” and “Eat Me”.When the cake  causes Alice to grow to a unhuman size, she begins to cry giant tears which she soon finds herself swimming in while hanging on for dear life. If she had investigated the liquid as well as the cake more thoroughly she may not have been in the situation of nearly drowning from her own tears. How many times in life do we simply accustom ourselves to our surroundings without stopping and thinking out what exactly we are doing or have gotten ourselves into?

 

 

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 From the very beginning Alice never has a second thought of her actions but reacts off of pure instinct. Although she may have questioned a few instances here and there, she blocks out the thought that everything that happens to her are impossible occurences in reality. As human being how many times do we create a fantasy world in our minds not thinking of what reactions may come of it and how it could possible backfire on us in the end. We accustom ourselves to the world and allow things to override our minds so that it blinds us from the truth and can often become robotic in obeying labels such as “Drink Me” and forget to question the motives or reasoning for drinking the liquid. We simply follow orders and follow the crowd or in this case, the white rabbit. Every crowd has a leader and it is important to think about whether or not the leader has thought out the consequences of their actions unlike Alice who simply went off of her instinct. How many times do we simply follow rules without investigating for motives and find ourselves in a mess that could have been self prevented?

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Responses

  1. @Rachel L.: I agree completely! As I read Brittany’s entry, Lord of the Flies (LOTF) kept coming back to me. There certainly are similarities between the two stories. For example, both Alice and the boys on the island are in a new, unchartered world with an absence of coherent adults. Also, both are books that appear to be children’s stories but really contain a much more significant, adult meaning.

    This makes me curious as to why Mr. Long had us read LOTF first. I have not finished the Alice book yet, however I assume eventually we will compare the two stories more in depth.

    • Smiling at your question re: the order of the 2 texts. Very clever proposition.

  2. I find some of the things you say about becoming accustomed to the situation and acting without thinking to be similar to Lord of the Flies. The boys on the island became so used to being “savage” that they did not even question the morality of their actions anymore. This is the same with Alice. She doesn’t think that anything is really that strange anymore so she accepts whatever happens without question. Both Alice and the boys on the island begin to act instinctually and impulsively. When you are living in a fantasy world it becomes your reality. You cannot break free and you act the way one would act in a fantasy. Alice and the boys simply live in another reality.

    • I keep thinking the same thing, Rachel. Her line — “She becomes so accustomed to everything so quickly she does not stop to think about the consequences of anything she decides to do.” — really nails the connection to LofF.

  3. I really enjoy the idea of the mob. I think that too often we act upon something we are told or something we assume rather than thinking. I also don’t think that Alice’s immaturity makes the point invalid. Alice is after all not simply a girl. Her immaturity is simply a cover to distract from the fact that she is representative of much of society. Without her immaturity it would be too easy to uncover the true meaning of the story.

    True, Alice follows the rabbit out of curiosity, but she seems to be falling into a pattern that has no link to curiosity at all. She follows the rabbit because it is the only constant in her adventures. Everything else is everchanging, but the rabbit is still there. She identifies with the rabbit, much like followers identify with their leader. At the moment when she stops to think, when all she really uses is her spinal cord, she falls into some trouble or danger, much like us.

    • Very clever point: “Her immaturity is simply a cover to distract from the fact that she is representative of much of society. Without her immaturity it would be too easy to uncover the true meaning of the story.”

  4. I find it odd how you describe Alice as a girl that acts based on her instincts and doesn’t question her initial thoughts. Are you forgetting that Alice is a young girl and not the same age as you and I? It is expected that you would put yourself in the story where you play the part of Alice, and you say that you would act different. You have to remember that Alice does not have as much wisdom and maturity as you do. Alice is a young girl, therefore she is very easily distracted.

    I also think it is strange how you compare, following the crowd, with the scene in the story where Alice chases the rabbit. Following the crowd, is when someone is pushed either by peer pressure and internal instability to follow the trends or actions of those around them. Alice is following the rabbit because she is curious, and who wouldn’t be curious and want to follow a talking rabbit that is wearing clothes.

    • Excellent points re: our own assumptions re: age/perspective.


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