“Mad as Rabbits”: Panic at the Disco

29 10 2009

As Alice is falling down the rabbit hole, we learn a lot about her personality.

In The Annotated Alice, it tells us that the real Alice had short brown hair and brown eyes. Now, it’s kind of funny that in the movie Alice in Wonderland, that they would change her appearance. It would have been easy to keep her same appearance because it was an animated movie, so there must have been some kind of reasoning behind her being a blonde-haired, blue-eyed young girl. You may be thinking that I’m implying she’s German, but I’m not. Based upon just common stereotype, blonde hair kind of represents a certain ditziness, and the colour blue in general has a sort of curiosity to it. Her appearance says a lot about her personality alone. There’s no arguing the fact that Alice was “burning with curiosity” (page 12).

I noticed that Alice never really seems to care what shall happen to herself, but more of what is going to happen to other people. Whilst she’s falling down what seems to be an abyss at the time, she has not a care in the world other than what other people will think of her. Not once does she mention being worried about dying, but more so worried about killing someone else if she drops an empty jar of orange marmalade.

I find this rather peculiar. Most children her age would be scared to death of falling in a dark hole and not being able to see the bottom. Not Alice, though. She’s more concerned about if anyone will remember to feed her cat Dinah.

If it were an adult in this situation, they would probably have denied the whole situation entirely. An adult would have sent his/herself to be examined if they’d seen a rabbit running around, talking, and wearing clothes.

Alice, on the other hand, does not see anything abnormal about this until the rabbit pulls a pocket watch out of his coat! It makes a person wonder a little about her mental sanity, but we have to remember that she’s a child. Alice is a curious little girl who had not a worry in the world but to find out what a rabbit in clothes was going to be late for.


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3 11 2009
Rachel M.

“I noticed that Alice never really seems to care what shall happen to herself, but more of what is going to happen to other people.”

On the contrary! Alice is very concerned with herself. She wonders if she still knows who she is, or if she still knows what she used to know. Here she is shown worrying about herself.

I think a different point is trying to be made. In this case, I think it might be instead that Carroll is trying to show that Alice is a very peculiar girl in what she does and the way she thinks. Instead of fearing for her own life, she thinks of those below her, and this could be thought of as unusual by us “normal” folks.

I know *I* would surely worry about my own safety, but Alice isn’t like me. Here I think Carroll is trying to exemplify the fact that Alice thinks abstractly, and to be in wonderland you must think that way.

9 11 2009
abbie p.

I understand where you’re coming from, but at that point in the novel, she hadn’t been questioning herself just yet. And she isn’t much concerned about herself as much as WHO she is, from what I understand.

3 11 2009
Christian Long

Still drawn in by your title, if I’m honest, but I’m also entirely unsure what it all means (save for the musical reference being tangentially connected). Help?

That being said, I really like the idea that she’s interested in others more than herself. There must be a point about “observation” and “point of view” that can be made throughout the story, as if she is ‘removed’ from self on some level. Is this a typical childhood response or does it suggest a more elevated, more intellectual concept that suggests an adult audience on philosophical terms?

3 11 2009
abbie p.

“Come save me from walking off a windowsill
or I’ll sleep in the rain.
Don’t you remember when I was a bird
and you were a map?
Now he drags down miles in America
briefcase in hand.
The stove is creeping up his spine again,
can’t get enough trash.

He took the days for pageant
Became as mad as rabbits
With bushels of bad habits
Who could ask for anymore?
Yeah who could have more.”

That’s only the first verse and the chorus of the song, but if you pay close attention, you can kind of see that it doesn’t really make any sense at all. There are little bits and pieces that can be interpreted, but the song doesn’t really fit together. It’s mad. Not mad as in the emotion, but more as insane. I chose the title because the song reminded me of the story…how nothing really seems to fit where it is. A bird and a map don’t really fit togehter, because a bird is whimsical and carefree, while a map is logical and planned out. The rabbit doesn’t really fit in Alice’s world…and Alice doesn’t fit in the world that is down the rabbit hole.

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