Guest post by Zoey, INFJ
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carol
Dominant Ne: Alice thinks very little of seeing a rabbit with a clock running. She has a wild imagination. In fact, the entire book is about Alice’s non-tiring imagination. She is quick to learn. She is also easily bored, and doesn’t like doing the same things again and again. Also, she would prefer to have pictures in a book rather than conversation. When her sister reads she looks with distaste at the book because it has no pictures. Alice sees everything as being connected to each other. After she learns that Queen sentences nearly everyone to death, she asks how are there still people living in the city. She is often blinded by curiosity, and she is very vocal about the things which make her curious.
Auxiliary Fi: Alice can very well stand up for herself, like she did in the court of the Queen of Hearts. She also dislikes it when she is not believed. Alice has her own principles. Alice follows her own heart. Alice is lead by a will of her own. Sh dislikes being told what to do. She is also a kind person; she dislikes it when the Mad Hatter hits the dormouse to get it to tell them a story. She takes it very personally when the Mad Hatter tells her there is no place at the tea table when in fact, there is plenty. She also takes it personally when the March Hare and Mad Hatter ask her riddles to which she doesn’t know the answer, and storms off saying it was the stupidest tea party.
Tertiary Te: Alice is very vocal about what she thinks. She is also able to figure out things quickly. When the Queen of Hearts sentences her to death, she eats a mushroom to become very tall and to intimidate the Queen. She is able to find solutions to her problems. She likes to be in charge of the things that are connected to her.
Inferior Si: At the ends of her adventure, what Alice really loves is going back home, and being in the warm familiarity of her family. She dislikes doing the same things again; when her sister was reading, and she was bored, she finds it monotonous to go on making wreaths of flowers.
5 thoughts on “Alice – Alice in Wonderland: ENFP”
Great post. I loved the books as a child and I always felt that Alice so was relatable.
With “current post” I meant the second comment, not the first comment; please delete the second comment I typed and this one too (I am sorry, this is funny).
This is interesting, the comments appear four hours later than the time where I live, I am my actual future talking to my past! jk. Do you live in Europe Arvid? (I´m trying to find an answer to the hour difference here muahaha).
I actually thought of Alice as an ENTP because I saw her as a Ti-Fe user, not a Fi-Te. She didn´t seem to realize how she felt until she flew away from everybody, but she realized very well motivations and feelings of the characters around her. I also thought her flood of thought was more Ti than Te (these are my reasons why I considered her an ENTP, however the post made me doubt and think it again; I can see her as an ENFP now too, but I am still not sure). I liked the post a lot by the way, I really like this character.
Maybe I’m misinterpreting certain functions again…but I feel there’s disconnect here. You pictured the Burton Alice but describe the classic 50’s Disney Alice, and the two are very different from each other. I’d say Burton Alice is def the ENFP (possibly a more outspoken INFP? I never got that she gets energy from social situations, she seems to hate them…or at least hates the social convention of her time in general), but 50’s Alice, while still wildly imaginative as any adaptation of Alice should be it wouldn’t be Alice otherwise, she still has a sense of personal inner logic she wields on her journey on almost every character she comes across.
“Yes, a very good moral, if you happen to be an oyster!”
“But didn’t you JUST say…oh dear…”
Many other instances she does this, and of course the entire tea party, she is doing nothing BUT wielding similar sense of logic on the hatter and hare throughout, as she finally beginning to be bemused by this land without ANY logic whatsoever. She imagined a land of wonder and nonsense, but realizes that it’s more than she bargained for. A be-careful-what-you-wish-for conundrum, if you will.
She absolutely is thrown by a rabbit in a waistcoat, as well as everything else to start, and grows to learn that while she still can be imaginative, maybe an imaginative world within a certain confine of sense is there for a reason.
I feel each adaptation of Alice we’ve seen are very different, so it’s hard to MBTI Alice as she’s appears in media in many different ways, and I’d peg 50’s Disney Alice is INTP. But in general, she’s an N for sure, there’s not way around that. Too much of an imagination to be an S of any kind.
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