Warning: contains spoilers***
I have watched Alice in Wonderland (the 1951 cartoon) a while ago. While I have enjoyed it, I noticed that Alice had traits that were similar to certain people who have Autism (not everyone).
Yes, the whole Wonderland trip turned out to be a dream the whole time, and having a disabled main character in a movie would have been a big oddity at that time. But some of Alice’s actions and lines during the story, I felt, seemed different than some kids her age.
Although the theory has been shut down by Facebook users (basically, the general public), I will list the reasons why I had come up with the theory.
Also, keep in mind that the messages about accepting yourself as you are and the events in “Alice in Wonderland” are still true.
1: Being very sensitive and naive
Of course, anyone can be like this. And that can be a good thing, too. But it seemed that for Alice, it was stronger. However, that is just a minor part, and Alice still remains pretty brave.
2: Having an impulse to follow the white rabbit, just because she was curious to know where he was going
Not many children Alice’s age would do that. But often times, being curious can lead to learning more and growing smarter.
3: Repeating phrases, like, “I beg your pardon”
This could have been just from the script writer. After all, no one’s perfect. So it is possible that the screenwriter for “Alice in Wonderland” didn’t realize that he/she made Alice say, “I beg your pardon” a lot. But I do see this trait with some people on the spectrum. Still, they remain very intelligent people, regardless.
4: Having to be reminded or taught social rules
Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum had to remind Alice proper greetings. The jack rabbit and the mad-hatter had to teach her that it was rude to join others without being invited. But once again, everyone makes mistakes. Alice is not stupid. She just needed to learn.
In spite of these traits, Alice is still a likable character.