Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

2 x Wonderland =

In the story Alice tries to recite her multiplication tables and finds she can not do so. She tries to bring some sense to herself by reciting something that in everyday life she would be able to do flawlessly but find it rather difficult to recall the tables. She has the same problem another time when she tries to recite a common poem that she would usually know like the back of her hand. I think Lewis is trying to point out that sometimes we must rely on our common sense as oppose to relying whatever knowledge we have learned.

Often we try to get through life and situations off of the things we have learned in school, as if it is a math problem with a proper formula. We have to learn the hard way sometimes that we must make our own decisions and use our own common sense. There is no proper formula or rule book to living life and often, like Alice falling into Wonderland, the  unexpected occurs and throws off our plans. We often must learn on our own and often end up making the wrong decisions , such as Alice in eating everything she came upon. I think Alice wanted to quietly get the point across that we can not always rely on our schooling and formula’s for life. Sometimes we come across bumps in the road that have no equation to them. Lewis experienced some bumps of his own and I believe this was his way of hinting to Young Alice Liddell of how to prepare for life.

The solution he came up with is, you can’t.

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  1. You wrote: “Often we try to get through life and situations off of the things we have learned in school, as if it is a math problem with a proper formula. We have to learn the hard way sometimes that we must make our own decisions and use our own common sense. There is no proper formula or rule book to living life and often, like Alice falling into Wonderland, the unexpected occurs and throws off our plans. We often must learn on our own and often end up making the wrong decisions , such as Alice in eating everything she came upon.”

    A very very astute observation. I like how you interpreted this element of the novel. Well done!


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