“In the Beginning, I tried to warn you. You play with fire, It’s gonna burn you” -Good Charlotte (Victims of Love)

9 11 2009
There’s not much use in trying to deny that Alice is naive. She’s a little girl, and a rather ditsy, from what I can gather, but she’s observant…and very curious. She came across a bottle labeled “drink me,” but “the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry,” (page 17). It’s good that she realizes she shouldn’t drink something just because it says to, but the way she goes about checking it is rather rediculous, by today’s standards atleast. She checks to see if it’s labeled poison, which it’s not, but really…not everything that’s poisonous is labeled poison.
If you recall Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, the protagonist was given an apple. No one suspects anything bad to come of an apple, especially from an elderly woman, so she eats it. This apple is not just any apple, though. It stops her heart. Not everything is as it seems, so “the wise little Alice” still isn’t really being safe by checking it for a distinct label. It’s very trusting of her to drink from this strange bottle.
Alice’s logic while she’s debating drinking from the bottle is absolutely absurd if you don’t remember that she’s merely a child. “A red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long, [and] if you cut yout finger very deeply, it usually bleeds,” but everyone who has been burnt knows that it only takes a small touch to burn, and a even the tiniest prick makes you bleed. It amuses me, though, that she learns these things from stories, and yet she ignores these little warnings, and drinks from the bottle anyways, because it’s not marked ‘poison’.
“In the beginning, I tried to warn you
You play with fire, it’s gonna burn you
And here we are now, same situation
You never listen, I never listen”
I chose these lyrics to represent by blog because it really shows what’s going on with Alice. She’s been given so many warnings of why not to trust things like this. A strange bottle, in a strange place, filled with an unknown liquid. As famously said, Curiosity killed the cat….but satisfaction brought it back.



One response

2 12 2009
Samuel M.

You bring up some major points about Alice. She is naive and she does go about doing the strangest things, but you also have to remember she is a child. She is just a little girl who is thrown into a mystical world she has yet to understand. At the same time, she hardly knows herself anymore (if that makes sense). Based on all of these factors, you cannot expect Alice to be the brightest crayon in the box. On top of all of this, Alice is a fictional character in a book that was written a long time ago aimed at the children of that time. You cannot possibly hold her to the current standards we live by today.

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