Posted by: Angela W. | November 18, 2009

Where is the Rabbit Going?

When Alice first meets the rabbit in Ch. 1, the rabbit is saying that he will be late. Late for what? Alice is very curious and the rabbit is the whole reason she falls down the rabbit hole. The next time Alice sees the rabbit the rabbit is saying that he needs to hurry to the Duchess or she will be very mad. When Alice goes to the Duchess’s home, we do not see the white rabbit. The rabbit was far ahead of Alice and it is reasonable to think that he would know his way there.Where did he go? Why would he be yelling “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets.?” The rabbit mistakes Alice for his housekeeper and makes her go get her white gloves and a fan.

The next time we see the rabbit is at the game of croquet with the Queen. Carroll describes the rabbit to be talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing Alice. I wonder if it upsets Alice that the rabbit never pays attention to her. The last time we see the rabbit is during court and the rabbit is the person that calls for the next witness to go to the stand. It seems to me that he was never trying to reach the Duchess. Is the rabbit a symbol of people in the real world? people of our world usually have those days or moments when we are late, get lost and get confused about where we are going.

What was the rabbit doing out of Wonderland anyway?

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  1. The white rabbit outside of Wonderland is not odd in my opinion. The rabbit was seemly leading Alice from the real world to her dream world and is thus the most important character at the beginning. But why is the White Rabbit so worried about the Duchess, when Alice never sees him there? As in the real world, in Alice’s dream world people may get confused and say the wrong thing, or because the White Rabbit had no intention of going to the Duchess. The rabbit might have known that f he continued to work for the Duchess, the Queen might take his head of too.

  2. Wow. I really can’t believe that this didn’t come to my attention before. I wish I had an answer as to why he was out of Wonderland. Maybe Alice was meant to go to Wonderland, like fate to help her sometime in her future? This may seem a little off topic, but like in A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge is visited by the ghosts. You know what? I’ve just been inspired to write a blog.

  3. This was a great blog. I loved where you were going with it. What a great question: “what was the rabbit doing out of wonderland anyways?” That rabbit started the whole story. He is the one who got Alice down the rabbit hole. And you are right, the whole curiousity to begin with like why he is late was never important. It seems that he is always missing. I do agree that he represents someone who is just “having one of those days”.

  4. I completly understand why you would think this. I always thought that the rabbit was the one character that was as crazy as the rest. Seeing your points here though the rabbit seems extremely crazy. He is always late. He seems to think people are not who they actually are. He also never seems to get anywhere he wants to go and he has to be slow because Alice always beats him to places even though he always seems to be ahead of her and in a hurry. I think he isn’t in Wonderland because he somehow got lost. I believe this because of all the times he starts ahead of Alice, but somehow he always comes after her when she is going to places like to the Queen. Where does he go when he hurries off?

  5. I really like the point you made and all the evidence you used to support it. I find it also interesting how he is scrambling around constantly… for no reason? Like you said in today’s world people have so much to do just running around doing things that don’t necessarily pertain to what’s going on. The rabbit seems to stand for something. I’m not quite sure what is it yet but I’m still trying to figure out what all the characters stand for. It might not even be symbolism that Carroll is trying to point out. I think it could be possible like you said that the rabbit could be standing for people today.

  6. This is one of my favorite questions that seems — in hindsight — so utterly obvious that it escaped 99.99999% percent of our attention.

    Indeed, the existence of a talking, watch-watching rabbit IN Wonderland is not odd…but his purpose in Alice’s real world is what is most amazing.


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