What was Alice Thinking? part2

I have to give Rivu D. credit for the inspiration of this post…

Rivu made a point in his team’s blog that the readers aren’t exactly “attached” to the character of Alice. That really made me think! I agree with him.

For some reason I seem to feel unattached to the story and to Alice. The main reason I came up with is that Carroll did not give us much insight on Alice. We barely know anything about the character. The character of Alice does not have any of those qualities that generally draw the readers in. We really have not seen her personality be portrayed in the story. We as readers, don’t have an emotional connection with the character. This was probably a big mistake on Carroll’s part.

Why aren’t we attached to the story?

Is it because Carroll wrote it for Alice Liddell?

Sometimes I can’t help but think that when Carroll wrote the story, he did not have any plans on publishing it. He wrote it for Alice. I guess it makes sense though. If someone wrote a story about you, you would not need to know much about the character, because it is you! So I guess that could explain why we don’t feel connected to Alice. Another thing is, I think there are too many other characters on the story. The characters seem to take away the focus of who the story is really about. We see alot of strange qualities in the characters of “Wonderland”, which takes away from Alice. I wish I could know more about the character of Aloce and what she was thinking in the story.


3 Responses to “What was Alice Thinking? part2”

  1. December 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Could it be that we, as modern readers, are used to character-driven fiction? Carroll was likely experimenting with new formats and playing with the conventions of writing. Perhaps character was not his first priority.

  2. December 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I agree that there is some sort of strange detachment from Alice in the novel. Perhaps we are supposed to see ourselves in her, or perhaps it is because it falls more into the “fairy tale” genre?

  3. December 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I don’t feel very attached to the story either. I also agree when you say people aren’t attached because it wasn’t written for them. If the book was about me or something I knew a lot about, I would probably feel more attached to it. I also agree with you when you say that Carroll probably didn’t intend for the book to be published. If he did want the book to be published, he would have probably explained more about Alice, her sister, and her family. While reading, I feel like I’ve been thrown into the middle of somebody’s life. It also feels like I have to play catch up if I want to understand what is going on.

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