More than a Little White Rabbit (Version 1)

Alice in wonderland explores a little girl’s adventures in a magical place that only the mind of a child could understand, but the question I want to answer is:

Why did she go down the rabbit hole in the first place?

We know that she follows a little white rabbit over to the rabbit hole and falls in, but I want to explore what the rabbit really means.

It could be that the rabbit represents a figure of human or even childish curiosity, but there are many other possibilities. My personal opinion is that the rabbit is a figure of a childish mind. Represented by the way he is described, with a waist coat, watch, and such. Perhaps a better way to explain what I think of the rabbit is a figure of a child’s mind out of boredom as an excuse to, if you will forgive the expression, chase a rabbit and go somewhere more exciting and stimulating.

Now, the true meaning of the unknown is beyond what we are told in the story, but it can be interpreted in many ways, and is a  fun rabbit to chase.

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6 Comments

  1. I really like the subject of this blog. Also I like your opinion of the White Rabbit although I have a possible second meaning. I believe that the rabbit signifiies Alice’s imaginary friend who is invisible that children have when they are young. Children usually blame all of the bad things they do on their imaginary friend. Although in this case Alice’s “rabbit” persuades her to go down the rabbit hole by making Alice interested in the “rabbit.” The rabbit hole just looked to interesting to not go into because of the rabbit. That is my thought.

  2. I really like your opinion of the White rabbit. I have never heard this thought before, and it intrigues me. So far I think that the rabbit can be interpreted in two ways. One way is the rabbit is a drug dealer. I explained my thought on this in my blog, “Who’s the Dealer?” The second way this can be interpreted in my opinion is through your idea of the rabbit representing a childish mind. I think that this is interesting and I can see where you are coming from. I also like how Beth put it, “I think she goes down the rabbit hole because she is a young girl, and younger children do/follow something/someone that catches their eye.”

  3. I really appreciated the way you explore the ideas here:

    “My personal opinion is that the rabbit is a figure of a childish mind. Represented by the way he is described, with a waist coat, watch, and such. Perhaps a better way to explain what I think of the rabbit is a figure of a child’s mind out of boredom as an excuse to, if you will forgive the expression, chase a rabbit and go somewhere more exciting and stimulating.”

    Nicely said. Sends me on a rabbit-chase of my own, too.

    • Thank you Mr. Long I hope to rewrite this blog or add to it when I finish the story to see if my openion changes.

  4. I think she goes down the rabbit hole because she is a young girl, and younger children do/follow something/someone that catches their eye. Though, I think that she’s day-dreaming, she could be bored with her normal everyday life and is ready to sort of mix it up a bit. She goes down, down, down and eventually opens up her own pandora’s box because of one choice.

    • That is exactly what I was trying to get at. I think we all make those choices at some point in our lives, and how we react to them tells alot about who we are as a person.


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