Posted by: Angela W. | November 9, 2009

Transformation from Hookah

As I was reading Melissa H.’s blog entry titled, Hookah for everyone, i came to realize that Carroll is using a caterpillar to smoke hookah, which is odd because when the caterpillar is done smoking hookah, he transforms into a butterfly, but only in the movie.If you watch the Disney movie, the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, but it is odd that the transformation is in the movie and not the book. Usually children would understand and accept concepts more if they visualize it and that could be the reasoning. Carroll is saying to the children that smoking hookah is okay, which it is not, especially for young children. Hookah is not even legal for children under the age of 18. Why would Carroll be referring to hookah in a children’s book? This could mean Carroll was under the influence and wanted more to be under the influence. When he makes the caterpillar transform into a butterfly, it is as if he is saying hookah will make you transform into a better, beautiful ‘butterfly’. Carroll could be thinking this because he smoked hookah and he thinks that it has made him transform into something better than what he has been. Carroll is also very blunt about the fact that the caterpillar is smoking hookah and then he goes through a wonderful transformation. It is as if Carroll wants everyone to smoke and is saying this through a children’s book. The fact that he puts this in a children’s book is totally inappropriate and should not be stated. Alice did ask for this book to be filled with nonsense, but referencing to hookah is too much nonsense.



  1. First, I appreciate how Darcy has responded to this, while also appreciating how Angela has posed the question(s) in the first place.

    What I like is the idea of a caterpillar vs. the butterfly in the post and the reminder that Alice is not impressed with what she sees.

  2. I respectfully disagree. The main character of this novel is Alice, and she is the character which the children reading it will relate to the easiest. She is the small, uninformed child who is perplexed throughout the entire story, just as many of the young readers will be. Adding an older, somewhat haughty character who demonstrates bad habits, like smoking hookah, is not an example or a figure which Carroll is directing the attention to. He is in fact showing Alice’s disgust for this character and therefore his smoking of the hookah. Carroll is not pushing influences upon the readers. The children will not adopt the habbits of the antagonist if the protagonist does not like him.

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