What characterizes a children's story as a fairytale? Is it the knights in shining armor, the happy ending, or the assumed innocence of the characters and the audience? Authors have long used these factors to reach acclaimed notoriety in the children’s writing world. But when it comes to Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, these characteristics are non-existent. He reveals to us that a fairy tales can defy logic and expectations. The complexity of Carroll’s ingenuity writing Alice in Wonderland has been dubbed an aspect of literary disobedience. The way he utilized childhood curiosity in his book opened our eyes to various perspectives of what’s sane and what isn’t.
With his writing skills compared to other writers during his time, Carroll was a misfit to society. He made us realize that everyone has their own viewpoint on how things should work but if a person’s viewpoint differs from another is that considered disobedience? Or how about a caterpillar smoking a hookah in front of a child, does that pass fairy tale standards?
Carroll’s word choice to name the first chapter, “Down the Rabbit Hole” shows a disregard for fairy tale norms right off the bat. Going down the rabbit hole is an allusion to consuming hallucinogenic drugs. This shows a break from fairy tale standards. Fairytales are usually innocent and naïve to please the young audience of readers. Carroll ignores the fact that little kids are easily influenced by their surroundings. From my knowledge, that’s why we have to be so cautious with our behavior or when we speak around little ones.
Similarly, the protagonist in Pan’s Labyrinth, Ofelia was about the same age as Alice. She experienced the same degree of curiosity as Alice when she chased the magical fairy that led her to the labyrinth. Also, when Ofelia was told not to do something, she didn’t listen and almost got herself killed.
On the other hand, Alice through the first few pages of the book was on the bank with her sister and was getting awfully bored. Alice had nothing to do but except to read a book with absolutely no pictures or conversations. Alice questioned the purpose of the book using her logic that a book without pictures and conversations doesn’t deserve to be read. It’s ironic how Alice is able to use her intellect to question a book but she can’t apply the same reasoning to the events that happen to her later on in the story. Usually in fairy tales, the characters have a naïve or gullible nature.
Alice laid down under the hot sun that made her drowsy and ditzy. All of sudden, a white rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. Alice didn’t pay much attention to the rabbit until she heard it talk to himself. Alice was still star struck of what took place and decided to the follow the rabbit. She was lucky enough to see the rabbit plop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
Hesitation seems why Alice followed suit and jumped down the rabbit hole. As she was tumbling down the...