Alice in Wonderland’ has a recurring metaphor: Alice going down the rabbit hole is a philosopher’s quest for true knowledge.
The White Rabbit is the spark of curiosity that activates Alice’s spiritual awakening. It is the White Rabbit who leads Alice down the rabbit hole. It wouldn’t take much of a stretch to assume that the rabbit in question represents the new, the unexplored, the unidentified; after the rabbit scuttles away, it flashes across Alice’s mind that “She had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it. ^This is an animal unlike any she’s ever seen; one could use the same expression to describe a new idea or avenue to pursue.
The following sentences are where things start to become interesting; Alice decides to follow the rabbit, and she catches up with it “just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” If we’re to accept the rabbit as a metaphor for a new idea, concept, or opportunity, it should be rather obvious what “chasing the rabbit/idea down the ‘rabbit-hole’ represents: following through with any new avenue that has been presented, solely for the excitement of discovery and adventure. Even though Alice isn’t sure where ‘chasing’ this rabbit will lead, she’s enthralled enough in its originality to pursue it without question. Most people can relate to the notion; when we’re presented with an adventure or new route to explore, such as a job promotion or, say, advancement to Varsity level on a sports team, we’re all ‘chasing’ that idea down a rabbit-hole, so to speak.
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