Posted by: Shannon L. | December 3, 2009

Average Madness

Are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare crazy?

Chapter seven is when we are first introduced to the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Before reading this story, I always thought that these characters were mad, due to their names. Now, I think that the Mad Hatter and the March Hare are not crazy, but rather interesting. Most of the things that the Hatter and the Hare do are strange, like the Mad Hatter’s watch. His watch tells the date but not the time. When I think about it, I don’t find it that crazy because it is just like carrying a calendar.

This leads me to believe that the Mad Hatter and the March Hare are considered ‘mad’ because they aren’t normal. They do speak in confusing ways sometimes and may do some things out of the ordinary. To most people, trying to fix watches with butter or keeping time at six o’clock is very peculiar, but to them it is normal. It seems to me that Carrol gave the Mad Hatter his name because he is trying to trick us into believing they are.

I’m not saying that these characters are not odd and not the nicest characters, but that the words crazy and mad are not the right words, in my opinion, to describe them. So in your opinion, do you think that these two characters are ‘mad’? Or do you think that they are just two characters who are mis-portrayed as crazy because they are a little out of the ordinary?


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