In Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland, Alice is curious,well-mannered, and confused while she tries to find her way out ofWonderland. Alice meets many unique and weird creatures whicheventually help her escape wonderland. Alice shows that she iscurious through her actions. At the beginning of the book Alicegets distracted from her “boring” work, and chases a white rabbitdown a hole. This excerpt describes Alices curiosity, “Alicestarted to her feet, for it flashed in her mind that she had neverbefore seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket”. When Aliceis at the bottom of the hole she find a bottle labeled “Drink Me”,she wants to see what it tastes like, this excerpt describes theevent “…this bottle was not marked ‘poison’, so Alice venturedto taste it, finding it very nice”. Another instant that shows hercuriosity when she looks for the white rabbits fan and gloves, shefinds a bottle, this time there was no table, “There was no labelthis time with the words ‘Drink Me’ … ‘I know somethinginteresting is going to happen’ … ‘ I’ll just see what itdoes’,”. Alice is like a little girl that is still exploring theworld around her, but she finds that she is more mature than theAlice is very well mannered in Victorian ways to the creatures ofWonderland. Alice shows her good manners when she enters thewhite rabbits house and the rabbit tells Alice to go fetch hisgloves and fan, “I’d better take his fan and gloves- that is if Ican find them”, since Alice is a guest, uninvited, she follows theowners orders. When Alice runs into caterpillar she calls him”Sir”, here is an excerpt from the book , ” I can’t explainmyself myself, I’m afraid, Sir”, this shows that she respects thecreatures of Wonderland. When Alice enters the Duchesses house andthe Duchess throws the baby to Alice, Alice starts to take care ofit, ” ‘Here! You may nurse it a bit, if you like!’ Alice caughtthe baby with some difficulty …”, this shows her maternal side.
Wonderland is an illogical land, nothing seems to make sense toAlice. She starts to become very frustrated and confused. WhenAlice meets the caterpillar the following conversation takesplace, ” ‘Who are you!’ the caterpillar asked … ‘I – I hardlyknow, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I gotup this morning’ … “, Alice is so confused she does not evenknow who she is. Before Alice enters the Duchesses house sheknocks on the front door, the following conversation takes placewith a creature, “Alice went up to the door and knocked, ‘ Thereis no use in knocking ‘… ‘ Please, then ‘ said Alice ‘ How am Ito get in ?’ “, this proves that the illogical reasoning that thecreatures find logical is confusing to a Victorian girl.
Alice is curious because she is very young and she is stillfinding out about the world around her. Throughout the novel shegrows up and matures because she starts to unlock the illogicalreasoning of Wonderland and begins to respect their weird habits.
Even through all the confusion, she still finds home at the end ofBibliography: