I decided to choose the right and wrong binary. I found the scene where Alice comes across the Duchess and the baby interesting. In this situation right and wrong is more about ethics and whether it is right to keep a baby with its mother even if she is raising it in a dangerous environment. Alice takes away the baby thinking that it is the right thing to do: “‘If I don’t take this child away with me,” thought Alice, “they’re sure to kill it in a day or two: wouldn’t it be murder to leave it behind?’” (Carroll, Page 71).
Alice is actually stealing the baby away assuming that the baby would die in the Duchess’s home. Theft is wrong however you try to explain it even if it is for a good cause. There are alternative solutions.
This situation blurs between what is right and wrong to do. There is a justification for Alice to have not taken away the baby and just went on her own way in the following text:
“Oh, please mind what you’re doing!” cried Alice, jumping up and down in an agony of terror. “Oh, there goes his precious nose”; as an unusually large saucepan flew close by it, and very nearly carried it off.
“If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.” (Carroll, Page 70).
Alice essentially walks right in and tells the Duchess what to do in her own home. The question that then appears is whether Alice has the right to question the Duchess’s authority in her own home. Who is Alice to tell the Duchess what to do and to take the baby away from the mother? The Duchess’s words tell us situations would be much simpler if people paid attention to what they do. However, I think Alice complicates the situation by taking away the baby and tries to impose her own view.
This text tells us that what we may think is right is not always the case when seen from a different lens. You can see Alice as an outsider who invades the Duchess’s home and steals the baby or Alice as someone who is trying to bring the baby to a safer place. Either way Alice is indeed the third party who involved herself with the Duchess.
Lewis, Carroll. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Gutenburg. 19 May 2009. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.