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Lessons, Lessens, Lessons, Lessens.

December 3, 2009

I really like Carroll as an author because he always thinks out of the box. Many of his riddles and little sayings always makes you want to think more in depth about the quote.

One of my many favorite quotes in the book.

“That’s the reason they’re called lessons,” the Gryphon remarked: “because they lessen from day to day.”

I believe this quote has truth to it. Yet, it can be taken from two different points of view.

Mistakes are really what makes a person. Through mistakes they learn lessons such as a child learning they cannot touch a hot stove or else they will burn their fingers. Once the child learns their lesson, they surely won’t do it again. Although, lessons can really lessen by day. People who commit crimes suffer consequences for a reason. For a speeding ticket, you might pay a fine and for a bigger charge, such as theft you might go to jail.

You are suppose to learn these lessons after suffering the consequences correct? Well, not so much.

The lessons that people claim to learn may actually lessen day to day. Let’s take the speeding ticket. You get the ticket, you tell the officer you are sorry and it won’t happen again and then later on you go pay the fine. It should be done with after that right? Many may drive safer the next couple of days, especially in the area they were ticketed but a week, month, or year from then, do you think they will be speeding again? This is an example of a lesson lessening day by day.

Either way you look at it it is an interesting quote and something to think about.

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Get Lost in the Game of Wonderland.

December 3, 2009

Was Wonderland one big game? As students, we have analyzed every single part of Alice and have really come to no conclusion about anything. Everything in this blog is pure opinion and with our analysis of the book, are we really getting anywhere?

Throughout Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland we have stated several times Carroll did not purposely put a lot of thought into the story. Although it is a very good story and has become one of the most well known children’s stories read by many, is that all it is? People say such a strange story has to have hidden meanings and they have to analyze it but is there any truthfulness in that? In the end it is all pure opinion.

One of the most famous riddles in the story is, “Why is a raven like a table?”

Now how many people have tried to come up with an answer to that question? A lot but Carroll intended for it to be left unanswered. Why do people care so much about one little riddle? If you go and search Google with that question, hundreds and thousands of responses will come up but none of those so called answers were written by Carroll. If Carroll wanted it to have an answer he probably would have written it down in the story.

As we examine Alice we are simply playing the game of Wonderland. Wonderland is a world of the impossible. I just don’t understand why so many others analyze such a simple minded story. In my opinion, there is nothing to analyze in depth. All we as students have to offer, along with all those other scholars and readers of Alice, are opinions.

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A Look Back on Alice’s Experience in Wonderland

December 3, 2009

Nowhere else could the characters fit so well in a place other than Wonderland. Alice’s experience in Wonderland was quite a journey but a meaningful one. It signified growing up, learning lessons and keeping her head in difficult and frustrating situations.

Alice also experiences challenges in Wonderland. Being nice isn’t so simple when the characters are making no sense. Alice was a smart girl though. She made something of herself in Wonderland and never backed down from anything. She survived the Duchess, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat and more importantly the Queen. The Queen was a harsh character and Alice had a lot of guts to stand up to her. Alice was willing to fight for herself and others. Although the characters of Wonderland were intimidating, Alice handles herself quite well in Wonderland. In Wonderland, Alice kept her head which is hard to do. Surroundings influence people a lot and in a place as eccentric as Wonderland Alice could have gone crazy.

Everyone is mad in Wonderland. At any point did you think Alice was becoming or was mad?

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Jefferson Airplane Follows their White Rabbit

December 3, 2009

Song Title: White Rabbit
Band: Jefferson Airplane

When logic and porportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s “off with her head”
Remember what the Dormouse said,
“Keep your head”

I really like these lyrics because in my opinion, they represent Wonderland very well.

In a succicnt manner, it explains Wonderland as somewhere where the logic and porportion of the real world fall. Due to Wonderland being a place where anything is possible, logic and proportion is hard to keep in play. This is a pretty good explanation of Wonderland for being song lyrics. Although, I don’t understand the third line. Does someone care to explain or offer their opinion on it?

The fourth and fifth lines of the part of the song I chose to examine are interesting. I like how they relate to each other. The Duchess was so set on having someones head chopped off if they made her unhappy. I find it funny that they put the Dormouse’s quote saying, “Keep your head” after the Duchess’. The Dormouse could be saying keep your head for many reasons. In Wonderland, their is madness and craziness and it is very easy to lose yourself in the story. Alice kept her intelligence throughout it and did not become insane herself. These lyrics fit Wonderland nicely and I agree with all the song lyrics meanings above.

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Why So Curious?

December 2, 2009

Honestly, why was Alice so curious? Of course it is just a story and anything can happen in a story …

…but why Alice and why in such an eccentric place?

Children are always curious due to a good reason, they are growing up. Without curiousity, children would never learn anything. The children need curiosity because their curiosity allows them to ask questions, explore their surroundings and slowly grow up just like they are suppose to. Throughout the entire story, I have always said that analyzing the story is pointless due to Carroll making it up on the spot. Yet, that doesn’t mean it is just one silly story. Nothing is wrong with analyzing a story and for learning experience it never hurts to start somewhere.

I believe in Alice in Wonderland, the story really shows Alice growing up. From the time she falls down the rabbit hole to the time she woke up, Alice changed an awful lot. From being a series of different sizes to meeting a great variety of strange characters, Alice learned a lot. Wonderland was nothing like Alice’s safety zone in the real world.

By experiencing Wonderland, Alice learns alot about herself and how the real world will treat her once she grows up a little bit more. This adventure was a good experience for Alice.

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Welcome to Wonderland…

December 2, 2009

So this would be a poem written by a fellow fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I think it is interesting to see how other people view Wonderland and how the story of Alice can be told through drawings or like such as a poem:

Title: “Welcome to Wonderland…”

Author: HannahDoesntKnow

Come join her world.
Wonderland is what she named it.
Doesn’t it sound dreamy?

Follow the talking white rabbit,
that’s it, down the hole to the right.
Sinister characters may be lurking,
but we dont fear in Wonderland!
Whats that? You’re feeling small?
What on Earth do you mean, silly girl!? You’re a hundred feet tall!
Poison could not have smelled so sweet,
But everything is backwards in Wonderland!
Oh Wait,
We’re late!!!
For a very important date.
Today is my very happy unbirthday.
Craziness in Wonderland… are you losing yourself yet?
A word of advice, you may want to hold on to your head,
And know your emergency exits at all times,
Good advice, when a Queen of Hearts wants you dead.
Is that a hint of fear, my dear?
Maybe Wonderland isn’t just jam tarts and tea parties after all.
Time to go back to reality?
Ha ha ha. Only if you know your way out.
Welcome to Wonderland

In this line of the author’s poem:

Sinister characters may be lurking,
but we dont fear in Wonderland!

I think the phrase, “sinister characters” is inappropriate for Wonderland. People assume Wonderland is simply Alice exploring a mad world. The characters are portrayed as crazy, odd and as said in the story, mad. Do you believe the characters are sinister? Why do you believe everyone portrays the characters as crazy?

Another thing that sparked my curiosity was the author’s view that Wonderland is a trap. She talks about being unable to get out and to “know your emergency exits at all times.” What if Alice was a child with no curiosity at all? If she simply fell down the rabbit hole, who knows what would have happened. Did Alice get trapped in Wonderland? Her curiosity sure never stopped as she ventured farther into Wonderland.

What do believe would have been the outcome if the whole story really wasn’t a dream? Do you believe Alice had control over the situation or would she have gone mad?

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Oink, Oink?

December 1, 2009

Stories are so interesting. There are no limits in anything, anybody writes. Like a child turning into a pig? Impossible, right? Not in Wonderland.

Chapter 6 is a very interesting chapter. This is Alice’s first time meeting the Duchess and the famous Cheshire Cat. After passing the Footman outside the Duchess’ home, Alice walks into a noisy, pepper-filled kitchen along with a screaming baby and cook making soup with an awful lot of pepper.

What really is curious is the treatment of the child. After the baby is called pig and hit with cooking pans, Alice steals the baby away for a little bit, pondering whether she should take the baby with her, so sure that if the baby stayed with the Duchess, it would die. Before she is finished thinking though, the child had already turned into an actual pig!

The Duchess must’ve known the baby was going to turn into a pig due to jer poor treatment but why? Why would Carroll make the child turn into a pig? To me, this completely makes no sense. What resemblence does a child and a pig have?

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An Artistic View of the Cheshire Cat

December 1, 2009

The Cheshire Cat scene of the children’s movie version of Alice in Wonderland:

Now many people are familiar with the Cheshire Cat. With the famous line, “We are all mad here” he is seen as a very unique character in Alice in Wonderland. Yet, what really is the definition of mad in the story of Alice in Wonderland? Do you believe the Cheshire Cat or any other Alice in Wonderland characters are mad? Some may.

Art is an easy way to express emotions or opinions. Through drawings, paintings, sculptures and such you can say so many things. Like others say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Along with the Disney interpretation, here are some other interpretations of the Cheshire Cat:

Original interpretation:

This is the original pencil drawing by John Tenniel seen in The Annotated Alice. This set the path for the many other interpretations out there. Yet, due to the drawing being in pencil, we are unable to see the colour scheme Tenniel would have used to make up the Cheshire Cat. Colour is also an important factor in pictures because people always associate different colours with different moods and adjectives.

Friendly interpretation:

Now in this picture we once again see the Cheshire Cat in a more childlike and modern version. The softer, pastel colours in this picture gives off a happier vibe, don’t you think?

Dark Interpretation:

This version is definitely a darker side that the Cheshire Cat can portray. With the dark colour scheme and in truth, evil look, any child who saw this would definitely not think of the Cheshire Cat at first glance.

Now what do all of these pictures of the Cheshire Cat have in common? The smile. Is the smile of the Cheshire Cat the real thing being judged here? Do you think people would portray the Cheshire Cat differently if it weren’t for his huge grin on his face all the time?

It sure is something to think about.

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Have They Ever Told You Too Much Pepper Isn’t Good for You?

November 29, 2009

The Duchess is a very unique character. When Alice meets her in Chapter 8, Alice becomes face-to-face with a lady with a pepper filled kitchen and a nasty little temper. As the Duchess reappears at the beginning of Chapter 9, she makes Alice rethink about the her pepper filled kitchen.

“I wo’n’t have any pepper in my kitchen at all. Soup does very well without-Maybe it’s always pepper that makes people hot-tempered and vinegar that makes then bitter-and barley-sugar and such things that make children sweet-tempered. I only wish people knew that.”

I believe this is yet another real life reference by Carroll. Think about it. Pepper and temper, they seem to relate so well to each other don’t you think?

What I like about this quote is that in my mind it seems to be very true. Imagine the soup being the world, with all it’s different kind of people and problems, problems being the pepper. All the pepper in the soup makes the people hot tempered aka all the problems the people go through make they, themselves, hot-tempered. Also, the beginning of the quote is a nice finish to what Carroll is trying to say through Alice, “Soup does very well without.” If the world simply had less pepper to make so many problems everybody would be so much happier. However the problems are inevitable along with the vinegar making people bitter and the barley-sugar making the children sweet-tempered. Make sense? I sure hope so.

What are your thoughts on this quote?Or did anything else mentioned in this blog entry catch your eye?

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Perhaps it hasn’t one…

November 27, 2009

Recently we had an in-class essay over the Duchess’ morals in chapter 9.

My classmates and I were asked to write about how one of the Duchess’ morals relates to the meaning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Duchess’ morals are as follows:

-Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love, that makes the world go round!
-Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.
-Birds of a feather flock together.
-The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.
-Be what you would seem to be.

Yet, none of these morals explain the meaning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of course people could analyze and pick apart every single moral until they made one of the Duchess’ morals explain Alice’s adventure, but that just doesn’t cut it.

Many children’s stories often have a moral at the end or some hidden message about how the children should learn something from reading the story. However, being so young the children usually aren’t trying to learn something from reading or listening to a book. Often they are too involved with the colourful pictures and the array of funny looking characters such as when Alice in Wonderland was made into a movie. The children watching the movie and listening to the story of Alice are simply enjoying it, not trying to find reason as to why the rabbit can talk and why Wonderland is so odd. Maybe Carroll intended for his readers to have a more childlike perception of the story. After all, he completely made the story up in the first place and had no intentions of turning it into a book. The story was meant to be for pure entertainment and for that reason, it is difficult for others to find meaning in a story that wasn’t meant to have one.

With the Duchess’ quote, “Everything has a moral, if only you can find it” people argue the story has to have a moral, but I personally believe this is untrue. Just because a character says something, does it have to be taken as the truth?

Classmates and others: what are your thoughts on the Duchess’ morals?

Do you think the Duchess’ morals relate to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?