27
Nov
09

The Third Witness

First I would like to say I really do have no idea what this trial is about. All I understand is that the Jack of Hearts (I think?) stole some candy from the Queen and she got very upset so she is holding a “trial” (trial is a very loose word, considering I don’t really see how the Jack is going to make it out of this one since he has no one on his side). So my first question would be, just to clear me up, “What is going on here?”

Next I find it very curious that Alice is a witness in all this. It’s not interesting to me that she is a witness but that the White Rabbit is the one that calls her to the stand. I went back and checked, and noticed that Alice’s name is not said at all throughout the entire story. Back when the caterpillar asks “Who are you?” she says “I don’t know”. Alice never introduces herself as Alice in the entire story. No one ever says her name. But the White Rabbit says that “Alice!” is the third witness.

Odd. Yes I know this is, sort of, her imagination, but it’s still odd.

So I would like to know: Is there any significance to the White Rabbit being the one to first say her name? What could the White Rabbit Represent here?

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4 Responses to “The Third Witness”


  1. 1 Ryan S.
    December 2, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I think your second paragraph has not only more potential, but also so much more poignancy. The fact that the Main character’s name isn’t mentioned by any character until the very end has intriguing implications. For example: each Character in wonderland is an aspect of Alice. The white Rabbit represents curiosity. So why would Curiosity be the first to Label the little girl as Alice? Because maybe Alice represents something more than just a name. Perhaps it implies, innocence and curiosity and joy. The title of Alice is something that should not be taken lightly.
    Also the idea that she is first given her name when she is called to trial is very significant. It speaks directly to what that trial was… it was as one group so eloquently put “the trial of reason”. But not just of reason, of innocence too, and of curiosity. While it said the nave was on trial it was really Alice. Alice who committed the crime. Alice who brought reason… to Wonderland.

  2. 2 Colton C.
    December 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Yes Scott, I think that this is very interesting. I don’t think that Carroll knew that her name was not in the story. I don’t think he meant to do this but just as a mistake. He probably thought that just because the story of the book was Alice’s adventures in wonderland than the people would not notice that. I think that if the Title did not have Alice than a bunch of people would have been wondering who she was. After second thought I think that it does say Alice’s name in the book but she is not introduced as Alice.

  3. 3 Susie C.
    November 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I was amazed when I read your post. Surely someone had said Alice’s name before the White Rabbit. I did a search on the online Gutenberg version, and for a long time it seemed you were right. However, I eventually found that Alice introduces herself to the Queen of Hearts in chapter 8. The White Rabbit was with the King and Queen of Hearts and probably heard Alice introduce herself.

    I understand that the who is not the point of your blog, so much as the why. Therefore I suggest you change your question from, “Is there any significance to the White Rabbit being the one to first say her name?” to “Is there any significance to the Queen of Hearts being the first and only person Alice tells her name to?”

  4. 4 Edward C.
    November 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I believe you are asking for help clarification of chapters 11 and 12. Throughout chapter 11 there is a little amount of effective actions taking place. The White Rabbit tells the reader and the audience of the court room that the Knave of hearts is being accused for stealing the queen’s tarts. That is what is basically going on in chapter 11.

    In chapter 9 pg 81 of the annotated version Alice introduces herself to the queen, though the queen never uses her name in the story.

    In my blog titled Analysis of the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat I tried to analysis the White rabbit. Feel free to add on or comment on any of my analysis.


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