Warning: contains spoilers***
I have watched Alice in Wonderland (the 1951 cartoon) years ago. I have noticed that Alice had traits that some people with autism (not everyone) and some other disorders may have, even though she doesn’t have it, nor any disability.
That is why I originally came up with that theory—which has been debunked by Facebook users—the general public.
Plus, 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.
Also, keep in mind that the messages about the strengths of Alice’s traits listed below, 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 was just a minor part, and Alice still remained pretty brave.
Studies actually show that crying does not make you weak or immature. It is a sign of emotional intelligence.
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.
If you are very curious about something, you can learn more about it, thus gain knowledge in it. If you end up becoming very good at it, you can work in that specific field.
An example is a detective. They investigate and monitor suspects who’ve committed crimes, or might have—not that the white rabbit was a criminal.
3: Repeating phrases, like, “I beg your pardon”
This could have been just from the script writer. After all, no one’s perfect. Plus, the crew had tight deadlines and no computer processing software. This has happened in other old Disney movie as well, such as “101 Dalmatians.”
So, it is possible that the screenwriters for “Alice in Wonderland” didn’t realize that they 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.
And once you learn something, it sticks with you.
In spite of these traits, Alice is still a likable character. And although she has no disabilities, those who do can have strengths that stand out from typically developing people.