Re: A "Strong" Alice jumping off the cliff

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Posted by Petra on August 08, 1998 at 23:18:04:

In Reply to: Re: A posted by Marcia on August 08, 1998 at 21:14:41:

: Hannah wrote:

: : Well my opinion is,no matter how scary or high the jump was,to her it wasn't as scary as livin,and that's what she couldn't do--survive--she was afraid to go on and her suicide was her attempt to end her sufferin...

: Exactly, Hannah. And while it may be understandable, it certainly doesn't qualify as bravery. Suicide is almost always an act of selfish cowardice, committed by people who are either too shallow to think of others or too "far gone" (as in Alice's case.) She obviously doesn't stop to think what watching her fall through space is going to do to her sister, who loves her, and must live with this memory ever after. And before I get jumped on for calling Alice selfish, let me repeat that I think she was just too far gone to think at all, and chose the path of least resistance at the moment.

: Hannah also wrote:
: :I agree with Rich (is that who posted this?) when he says that her face clears only because she has solved her dilemma,at least that's what she thinks.

: My opinion as well. And it's good to have another voice in agreement on this, though I fear we will never convince the Foo-Foos. At least we have a few more on the side of the DOPES!
: (This is not an insult, Hannah...only a reference to earlier posts!)

: MMMMarcia

Hello Marcia,
I think I also have to agree with you, Rich and Hannah. It's a very thought provoking topic and this has been an interesting discussion. And you explained it very well when you said somewhere below, that "No one ever said she didn't have a REASON for her vacant state. And no one has ever said she was a BAD person for being unable to handle it. Just a young girl paralyzed with fear and shock."
What you say about suicide is true, I believe. Only the shallowness you mention, I'm not so sure about that. Sometimes, people seem to believe that their loved ones will be better off without them. Tragic, and so wrong. But this movie scene seems to me much less complicated than many real life scenarios, and the interpretation by the three of you leaves nothing to add.

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