That Thin White Line…

In chapter 1, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, Alice embarks on her childish fairytale of a journey. She falls down the hole, for “four thousand mile down” she says, then she finally reaches the bottom. There are doors everywhere, but they’re all locked except for one, but she’s much too big to fit inside, so she must drink a bottle labeled “DRINK ME”.

On the side of the page, Martin Garder (author, The Annotated Alice) notes that Lewis Carroll might’ve “unconsciouly symbolizing the great disparity between the small Alice whom he loved but could not marry and the large Alice she would soon become”.

I would like to pose this question:

Did Carroll have an infatuation with Alice herself, or was it the mere idea of being in love with a young girl?

I believe that Carroll was stuck in a children’s world, and this oppritunity for a book allowed his inner child to thrust outward. I think that he wasn’t in love with little Alice Liddell, just in love with him being a part of her childhood.

What do you think?

2 Responses to “That Thin White Line…”

  1. Rachel M. Says:

    I am inclined to believe Carroll was a pervert of sorts. If you read the introduction, one may draw the conclusion that he was a very perverse man, keeping portfolios of nude children. Secondly, the content of the book leads me to believe that he was inclined to the more disturbing of the two suggestions, having written such a twisting tale full of implications. Perhaps he was in love with an idea, but to venture to write an entire novel for a little girl is a labor of love. I feel to a certain extent that it was both a love for Alice as a person combined with a fantasy of being with someone so youthful. One could assume this is due to the fact that Alice was probably the embodiment of his fixation on youth. Regardless, I am apt to believe that he fantasized about a romance between himself and someone propriety wouldn’t allow him. So he did the next best thing; he became her friend and wrote her a book.

  2. I don’t think that Carroll was necessarily in love with being able to be a part of Alice Liddell’s childhood but with being able to switch between the world of adults and the world of innocence. Alice’s changes in size could possibly symbolize Carroll’s changes in character. Adults often have to change their character to appeal to their companions. Because Carroll spent so much time with the little girls he often had to switch to a fun, childish man full of wondrous stories. This would be when he drank the bottle saying “DRINK ME”. Then, he would return to the adult world and once again transform to a larger size.

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