Analysis and Interpretation of Books
Over history curiosity has been identified as a good element in children as it helps them discover various things. Most are the time that curiosity enables children to learn. However, some children have landed in the problem because of insatiable curiosity. Literature, have been used over time in teaching children essential living skills. In the books, Charlotte’s Web, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the characters present curiosity. The novels demonstrate how curiosity can either make one a better person or destroy one’s life. In this essay, I will argue that children should be taught through literature that curiosity is good but too much curiosity can destroy their lives.
Curiosity in The Invention of Hugo Cabret enables Hugo to discover the surviving works of Georges Mellies who ends up adopting him. Unlike Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, who suffered multiple frustrations, curiosity brought Hugo more benefits than suffering. Just as his father, Hugo is intensely curious. After the death of his father, he goes back to the razed museum and when he finds the automation, he tries to fix it with the hope that it would help communicate with the father (Selznick, 2007). Curiosity gave him the urge of fixing the automation. He is forced to steal a toy mouse from a toy both to be able to fix it. He is forced to work at Papa Georges to pay the debt.
He again exhibits curiosity when he sees a key with a heart shape around the neck of Isabella. He realizes that that key would be good for animating the automation. He even goes ahead to steal it. When he sticks it into the automation, he realizes that he has managed to fix it. This shows how curiosity drove him discovering the crucial information about Georges Mellius. When the drawing on the automation appeared to be signed by Georges, Hugo curiosity drives him to George’s apartment to confront him about the drawing (Selznick, 2007). Mama Jeanne tries to send him but again curiosity drives him to snoop around the house with Isabella. This enables them to notice a drawer that is locked mysteriously. Due to curiosity, they unlock the drawer. Many drawings by Georges came out bursting.
Due to curiosity, insatiable curiosity, Hugo then visits a film library to collect more information about the drawing he found in the machine. He learns that the world believes that Georges Mellies is dead. With his curiosity he looks for a local teacher, Tabard, who would help him fix the automation. With the help of Etienne, and Tabard, Hugo manages to present a copy of A Trip to the Moon to Georges and Mama Jean. Georges fails to believe how the copy can still be in existence (Selznick, 2007). He then confesses to depression a reason he did not want to talk about the past. After seeing the copy he plans to fix the automation.
After hearing Hugo’s story, he and Mama Jean adopt him. This shows how good curiosity yields positive impacts. Additionally, curiosity enabled Hugo to build his own automation capable of illustrating and drawing. Even though, the curiosity landed Hugo into trouble of being arrested and being forced to work, it is incomparable to what Alice faced. The curiosity brought more positive impacts in Hugo’s life than negative. Due to the curiosity, the story ends with George’s family celebrating his survived works (Selznick, 2007). Therefore, the curiosity did not only bring happiness in Hugo but also in Georges and the family. This indicates that if children are taught to be curios, they can develop and promote their wellbeing and the wellbeing of the society.
Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web explores his curiosity but doesn’t let it lead him to trouble. When Wilbur was sold to Zuckerman, he ended up being always stuck in a little pig pen. He stayed bored in the pen. When goose notified him about a loose board, his curiosity drove him to leave the pan. He looked forward to seeing what was out there. However, while walking around the farm, he was seen by Mrs Zuckerman (White, 1952). While other animals yelled for Wilbur to run away, he opted to return to the pen.
Although Wilbur was curious to know what was outside the firm, he did not allow the curiosity to drive him down the slope. Wilbur, definitely knew the importance of careful thinking before taking any action. If allowed the curiosity to drive him, he would have run off towards the slope which would harm him. However, the controlled curiosity enabled him to fulfil his desire of exploring the farm. At the same time, it enabled him to escape harm. It is in the pen that he was saved by Charlotte (White, 1952). Insatiable curiosity would have however, ensured that he was killed at Christmas time after a period of being fattened.
Curiosity in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland enables Alice to fulfil her dream of knowing the world around her. However, the insatiable curiosity lands her in wonderland challenges and frustrations. Due to her curiosity, Alice is ready to follow anyone as long as they have something interesting. The curiosity enables her to reach her goal which is knowing more about the surrounding environment (Caroll, 1865). After exploring the surrounding environment, she manages to emerge confident and fearless. The curiosity enables her to grow into a more confident person. Even with the struggles she manages to get home.
However, in Chapter 1, Alice goes down the rabbit hole without thinking about the consequences of going into that hole. Even when she doesn’t have any reason to go into the hole apart from exploration, she decides to follow the rabbit with no plans of dealing with any emerging consequences. She follows the rabbit because the white rabbit has worn a waistcoat and a watch (Caroll, 1865). This leads her into a mysterious world at her young age. Meeting the creepy caterpillar who is doing drugs and the queen who is obsessed with execution must have really scared Alice. However, she keeps moving deeper into the land. The curiosity makes her be stuck in the wonderland.
In Chapter 2, with her curiosity, Alice takes that drink “Drink Me”. She shranks into 10 inches high. She is excited that with the size she will be able to go through the little door to the beautiful garden. She however had no keys and was too small to reach them. This forces her to start crying due to frustrations. She however, notices a glass box that seemed to have appeared from nowhere. Inside the box was a cake wrote “Eat Me”. Due to her curiosity again she ate the whole cake. After finishing it, she grew into a giant with nine feet tall. She then discovers that she cannot get an eye down the doorway. She becomes frustrated again and starts crying (Caroll, 1865). Due to the changing sizes, Alice is confused about her identity. Her attempts to understand who she is distracted by Wonderland causing her to react emotionally. She finds herself in absurd situations. The changes are traumatizing, frustrating, and makes her feel discomfort ad sadness. She goes through struggles to maintain a comfortable size.
Throughout her journey in Wonderland she encounters various problems. She keeps scolding herself for the situation she is in. Her attempt to find her way out only leads her to real problems. When she hopes to find situations that make sense, she continues to encounter more frustrating ones. The conflict in the story is that Alice is lost and doesn’t know how to get out of the wonderland (Caroll, 1865). This is forcing her to move around the land where unfortunately she continues to meet strange characters and situations that add to her frustrations.
Even though Alice manages to know the surrounding environment, she goes through many struggles and conflicts. The frustrations are a result of her insatiable curiosity. She went through the crying, and sadness due to the insatiable curiosity. Clearly, curiosity can be beneficial and at the same time bad (Caroll, 1865). Too much curiosity can lead one to dangers. It is thus important that children are taught the importance of controlled curiosity to avoid such frustrations. Alice realizes the importance of careful thinking before taking any action.
In conclusion, curiosity can either make one a better person or destroy one’s life. Through curiosity, Hugo in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, discovers the surviving works of Georges Mellies who with the family ends up adopting him. Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web uses his curiosity to explore the farm but doesn’t allow it to mislead him. He controls the curiosity and goes back to the pen where he meets Charlotte who saves him from being killed. Similarly, Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, use curiosity to explore the world around her. However, the insatiable curiosity exposes her to frustrations and loneliness in the wonderland. The three stories prove that curiosity is good and can improve one’s life. However, insatiable curiosity can expose one to harm. It is thus important, that children are taught that curiosity is good, but too much can ruin their lives. This will ensure that children are equipped with knowledge of controlling the curiosity essential for keeping off negative consequences.
Caroll, L. (1865). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Macmillan.
Selznick, B. (2007). The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Scholastic.
White, E. B. (1952). Charlotte’s Web. Harper & Brothers.