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“Intruders will Be Overwhelmingly Confused”

November 3, 2009

Originally of the “real world,” Alice falls into (no pun intended) a world without reason. Her past life had taught her to use reason at every turn and solve things logically. As we can see from this stage-setting, Alice is a typical child in the “real world” on the typical path of growing up.

The Rabbit-hole changed that. A strange White Rabbit shows up that leads her down the hole and into Wonderland. This hole was immediately questioned for its legitamacy as a rabbit-hole once Alice walked into the hall that it led to. This is the first sign that this world is highly unlikely to be apart of the “real world.” First thoughts should be that she is dreaming, and not think twice about it. However, this charade continues with Alice seeming more or less concsious of her actions. As the idea of it being a dream fades, the bizzare circumstances increase and come more frequent. The bottle, the key, the shrinking and growing, the cake, the garden, the talking animals, the pool of tears…

As I have proposed in my analysis of Chapter One entry, the hall could have been a sort of security system. Clearly this world and its inhabitants are irrational and illogical compared to the “real world,” so maybe anyone of the regular world would be shut out from the startling puzzle of the key and the door. All others would easily enter their world, for they did not use rational thinking, and were, in a way, “mad.” It would be an ingenious system.

However they possibly did not count on the intelligence of a small child such as Alice. Though she stumbles in her first step into Wonderland, we all know she is able to enter at some point in the story. The thing is, she is still of the “real world,” and why would they want to keep all “sane” beings out?

This is all strictly a proposal, but allow me to elaborate. If Alice is in fact different from the inhabitants of Wonderland and those inhabitants aimed to keep beings of the “real world” out, then is Alice a contamination in some way? Something that would hinder their world’s traditions and basic knowledge of the world? Is this why the White Rabbit became terrifed at the sight of Alice rather than her size? Or is there some other explanation…

“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Abbie P. permalink
    November 17, 2009 4:20 pm

    I think that’s a very interesting thought. I never really looked at it that way, but it does make sense. Though, I do recall some kind of bird thinking she was a serpent out to get its eggs, and it says that it has seen a great deal of little girls. And, the rabbit started out in the real world, if you don’t recall. So he has to have seen girls in the past. So, maybe it’s not that he’s afraid of her appearance. Maybe it’s just that he’s frightened of her appearance in that location? I’m not so sure how much sense that made, or if it made any. But, there are few words to describe my thoughts.

    Perhaps the rabbit /was/ just stunned by her size. Most little girls aren’t that much larger than him, so maybe he didn’t think she was a little girl, but a giant! Just thought I’d throw that out there, though I do agree that you definately have a point there.

  2. Vivian H. permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:05 am

    Interesting propsal. This world is illogical, but what means do we have a “normalcy” to compare to? Maybe the world we reside in is illogical and it’s the other way around. It could just be the customary way of the world Alice lands in, just like when we travel to another country, everything they do seems foreign and strange.

    When Alice asks “How do you know im mad?” the cheshire cat replies with “you must be, or you wouldn’t have come here.” This may also imply that Alice has similarity to that world as well, that could be why she found her way in. Alice is “mad” but originally came from somewhere else, therefore she is not a contamination, but a link between the two worlds?

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