Defied: Alice passes over learning a petrification spell for one that kills people with other methods.
Discussed: "So she beats people and... turns them into lawn decorations?"
Deconstructed: Alice comes to realize that petrifying others is a terrible way to solve a verbal conflict and the guilt of Bob's permanent fate catches up with her.
Reconstructed: Alice overcomes this temporary bout of indecisiveness. She becomes a world-renowned sculptor and her immaculate works are on display in world-class gardens and museums the world over.
Played For Laughs:
Other than being a mage, Alice is a painter. When she has to make a painting for someone, she petrifies the subject to make him or her stand still for the best result. She's a world-class thanks to this technique. (Of course she de-petrifies them later, otherwise she will be known as a world-class sculptor and a fugitive.)
Alice uses her statues as towel racks, hat racks, to tie up clotheslines, for her hammock...