The Race

OK, on to chapter three and the oddity of the race that ensues, and the meaning it holds.

Now, when we first open up on the scene of chapter three, the animals are all on the edge of the water and cold because they have just escaped Alice’s tears. The cool air around them makes them shiver as they are saturated with water, or rather tears from Alice. The tears (Alice’s self-pity) again plague the animals that surround her.

In spite of this, Alice has become more comfortable with all the creatures around her and they try to come up with a way to become dry. The animals simply want to be rid of the water, but could it not mean, if we were to embellish this idea, that subconsciously the animals want to be rid of Alice?

She has already caused one problem and she has not been in their world for too long. The mouse that we meet in chapter two, has an idea of how to overcome this bad situation, and overcome Alice’s ‘mistake’ and the animals are all very intrigued with this. It seems that throughout this story the animals seem childish.  The animals are changing constantly and have rather short attention spans. He begins to tell a story of history, and the animals become to grow bored and tired of his account.  The mouse seems to hold some sort of position of power possibly because of his opulence of knowledge. The animals that the mouse leads seem to be less intelligent and only want to be happy and have fun. This idiosyncrasy sparks the new idea of a race, or rather just running around in circles, is presented and the animals like this idea better. The animals act like Alice (little kids) and therefore do not seem to hold that “above-world” adult attitude of only doing the normal, banal thing. The animals do not seem to be criticizing adults, like we have in our ‘real’ world, although this is a biased opinion. This race makes the animals dry, and this seems to be the cheering up that Alice needed in order to “wash” away her tears. This happens both literally and figuratively because not only does she become dryer, but she also becomes happier. Her self-pity has now been stricken from her and replaced with happiness.

Alice asks the mouse if he can now tell her the his background story and this is done in a poem form, yet I do not comprehend who is doing the speaking, Alice or the mouse. Either way, Alice displeases the mouse once again when she is not paying attention to the mouse’s story. Alice again shows her ‘childness’ when she disregards the mouse’s tale and is ultimately rude to the mouse. The mouse walks away and does not return to Alice. This is the first instance when the little mouse does not return to Alice. He is walking away form his troubles (Alice). Alice has caused the animals much discomfort, and now she and the animals must pay the price; the mouse has left. One of the birds remarks that it is a shame to see him go, although the animals seemed to not care for the mouse’s story of William the Conqueror. The characters, including Alice, seem to be very little-minded and self-centered. They do hand out rewards at the end of the race, but are very greedy. The other animals seem to relate to Alice, while the mouse relates back to adults/higher authority. What a mouse.

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