Alphie wrote:3. We learned that Alice was once a resident in a mental institution. What does this say about Alice's human family? Do you think they were justified because of the times they lived in?
New to the forums here, so hopefully I'm not overstepping or not following the "rules" completely (do you hae to answer all of the questions?). If I am -- mods please just delete me! I'm only going to answer this one question about this chapter because this is what fascinates me the most, and I'm actually not really going to answer it at all, but ask my own questions.
There is only one tiny paragraph-and-a-half that gives us any clue into Alice's former life and transformation. It was the 1920's and I'm sure that Alice's family were a little scared by her visions and that is why they put her in the asylum. It was a difficult enough thing for them to do that they put her in they also put a tombstone up wtih her death date as the date they put her in the asylum. Oops! I just realized that is a spoiler from the next book.
I just went to look at the guidelines for this forum and they say "Just remember that in most cases you have to answer from your FIRST impression of the story, not something that you have thought about for years." I just barely read the books this week -- one right after the other. My first impression is of the complete story. I haven't had years to ponder this from different angles, so hopefully I'm not going to end up getting deleted. In any case, I continue . . . waiting to see if my response is appropriate.
OK, so sticking to what it says in Twilight about Alice's transformation, which I'm very curious about (probably because there are so few details) we know this much: she was in an asylum run by an old vampire (no name given). He had grown fond of her and so when James came around to drink her blood (for whatever reason that may be -- did he go there often for the easy prey? Did he pick Alice's scent up in town before her family put her in the aslyum? He says she smelled even better than Bella.) the old vampire made her safe by turning her into one.
This gets me to thinking about the old vampire. What was he doing at the asylum? Easy prey most likely. No one would miss the people whose blood he drank because it was likely that most of the families "buried" the people they dropped off (like Alice's family did) when they left them there. However, this powerful being that is the old vampire grew fond of Alice. What does that say about Alice? She must have been as charming as a human as she was as a vampire. The vampire had enough affection for Alice to want to protect her from James. We know that it is very difficult for a vampire to just stop at a bite and not continue by making a meal out of their intended creation, so this tells me that Alice was a very special person throughout her entire exsistence.
I wonder, did Alice have a vision of herself as a vampire before or during the time she was at the asylum? Maybe that is one of the reasons she doesn't remember her human life or her transformation. She knew what was going to happen, and Alice, being who she is, just took it all in stride?
So, not so much an answer as to why Alice's family was justified in taking her to the Asylum and a little study into the character of Alice. Imagine if her family hadn't taken her there? We wouldn't have our sweet little Alice. She'd be long since dead, devoured by the insidious James.