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A Staged Arrival to Wonderland?

November 3, 2009

As I reread Chapter one of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I couldn’t help to notice how the plot seemed scripted and staged.

To me, it seemed like it was no accident that a rabbit happened to run by Alice. Not that anything else in this story makes sense, but why would a rabbit run  near a human? Anyways  a rabbit, a talking rabbit, that was wearing clothes ran by Alice and caught her attention. As soon as Alice noticed the rabbit and began to follow it, it took off and dove into a rabbit hole. So Alice instinctively jumps into the rabbit hole after the rabbit that intrigued her. As she falls she notices a jar of marmalade. I don’t know what this has to do with  the story, but I’m sure it will have some other meaning later on.

When she finally lands, she sees the rabbit and chases after it. After loosing site of the rabbit, Alice conveniently finds a key out in the open on a glass table. Who else could this key before? It is almost like someone was planning on her to follow that rabbit and had everything ready for her. Then there is a small door hidden behind a curtain and is obviously the one the rabbit went through and the one she should take. Surprise, Surprise the key fits and she opens the door to a lovely garden. When Alice gives up trying to fit into the door, she returns to the table for hope. Sure enough there  is a bottle conveniently sitting on the table that was not there before.

In my opinion the bottle did not even have to say, drink me on  it, and  she still would have drank it. To me it is like someone is watching Alice through her trials and setting her up for the next round and giving her options for her obstacles.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel M. permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:26 pm

    I think these not-so-coincidental occurrences add to the intrigue of the story-As if there is some higher, unspoken presence placing keys on tables etc. It is honestly creepy and interesting, but mostly-things in Wonderland don’t have to make sense. The bottle could have been there from the start, but we as readers are limited. Wonderland is so boundless, you can deduce no truth except for what Carroll gives to you in plain sight. But, consequentially (and in a backwards sort of way) you must also consider what is unspoken. It is all confusing, so you almost must accept what Carroll gives you as truth. Adversely, you must also not be satisfied with this “truth” and explore deeper consdiering implications. But not so much as to make things trivial. It is a delicate balance when interpretting these things. We are cautioned not to overstep the boundaries of propriety, but at the same time we are expected to. I digress.

  2. November 9, 2009 3:38 am

    Haha, I’ve never thought about it like that before, Scott. Makes sense.

  3. Scott M. permalink
    November 8, 2009 7:48 am

    I was thinking about this also, and it kind of reminded me or “Punk’d” or “Boiling Points” (if any of you know what those shows are, you’d understand that what I’m trying to say is that it seems like this is all part of some big prank or joke for a big reward at the end). I see Alice on a hidden camera show, going through a maze like in Harry Potter only she isn’t aware that millions across America are watching her! Only joking, I am aware that that isn’t possible. But perhaps she is all apart of a practical joke or “test” of some sort.

  4. November 6, 2009 5:39 pm

    Wow, that’s really intersting. so is Wonderland some twisted world that was made for someone to watch Alice’s every move??

    Unlikely. But I do agree that Wonderland seems to be setup for Alice, almost as if someone was trying to create a place for her to pass time in.

    Ok, as I’m thinking about this more and more, I want to write a whole blog post about it….I’ll continue in the post and put a link to it here after it is published.

  5. Jenna K. permalink
    November 4, 2009 7:51 pm

    Although this is all true, you have to remember that it is just a story. I completely agree with you, the presence of the key and the sudden appearance of the bottle do seem very staged. That’s actually a part of the story that’s always bothered me, I think Carroll could write something so much better than that. But most stories have to be set up. Would it have been as interesting if the door had already been unlocked and Alice was already the right size? Would readers get bored if Carroll had her go find the key, or find some other way into Wonderland? All authors have to help the characters along or else the story would take way too long to be told. Although I don’t like how Carroll told this part of the story, I don’t think we should criticize him too much. I think the rest of the story makes up for the rather lame sequences in the early chapters.

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