Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

Where is our Wonderland?

After finishing the book, I began to wonder…

  • Why would Carroll have a rabbit hole be the location of Alice’s Wonderland?
  • What and where is Wonderland?

Carroll probably had Wonderland be a rabbit hole because he needed a way for Alice to find her way to Wonderland. There could have been many other ways to transition to Wonderland, so why a rabbit hole?

What is a Wonderland?

In my eyes, a Wonderland is a place where only you can be and you are able to expand your thoughts, imagination, and ask questions; basically, you’re able to wonder. Everyone needs that place to get away and just let their mind think. Carroll’s version of Wonderland is a bit different. He has talking animals and strange people in this Wonderland. But, this is also Alice’s Wonderland. Alice being a young girl, probably did wonder about talking animals and that is why they would be in her Wonderland.

But how do you find Wonderland?

Obviously, we could not just jump down a rabbit hole and expect to find our own Wonderland. We need to search for it, but how? This answer is to simply wonder. Wonder about life and the experiences it’s filled with, about how or why they happened. We need to stop just accepting all the things that happen in life and actually acknowledge them.

Let your minds expand and you could possibly end up in your own Wonderland.

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Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

We are all truly mad

Before we can say we are all truly mad, let me define it:

MAD

–adjective

mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented. enraged; greatly provoked or irritated; angry. extremely foolish or unwise; imprudent; irrational: a mad scheme to invade France. wildly excited or confused: frantic: mad haste. overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm, etc.; excessively or uncontrollably fond; infatuated: He’s mad about the opera. wildly gay or merry; enjoyably hilarious: to have a mad time at the Mardi Gras. (of wind, storms, etc.) furious in violence: A mad gale swept across the channel.

It is clear that everyone in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is mad. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare have a ‘mad’ time at the tea party. The white rabbit is frantic. The Queen has ‘mad’ schemes to chop off everybody’s heads. Some other characters seem mentally disturbed as well.

Are we mad for reading and analyzing this story full of madness?

My answer is yes. We may not be mentally disturbed, but we could be eager and have an uncontrollable fondness for this story or it could just make us mad (noun; an angry or ill-tempered period, mood, or spell.) I believe we are mad just for asking questions about this story. We actually have wonders and concerns about this book full of nonsense. We are wondering about a little girl falling down a rabbit hole and finding a whole new world. We are questioning the journeys Alice goes through, even though they are all not likely. We are analyzing the impossible. Personally, I think we are mad.

What do you think?

Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

Favorites.

Today in class, my group and I were doing a CoverItLive session, and a question was asked about who our favorite character was.

This took time to ponder over.

I came to find out that my favorite character is the Duchess. Why do you ask? Well, even though the Duchess is described as very ugly, she is still a Duchess. Whenever I hear the word duchess, the word ‘pretty’ usually comes to my mind. A Duchess is a wife or widow of a duke. I think that the fact she is so ugly gives the word Duchess a whole new meaning for me. This represents the fact that you don’t have to be beautiful to be in the upper class or have the title of a Duchess.

Later on, the Duchess has got this new idea that everything has a moral only if you can find it. Even though I do not agree with her statement, I think it makes her happy. To me, happiness is the key point in life and whatever makes her happy is fine. It is also a very different outlook on life and how people see the world. I love different people that have different views from everyone else. This is why I believe the Duchess is my favorite character.

What is yours? And Why?

Posted by: Derek_M | December 3, 2009

Immortality: At It’s Best

Our Alice Project, is not over yet, but it is immortal. Our cause was just not another project, but more of guide for future generations to be able to have access to our information. Kyle explained this fact in Cover it Live below:

While the process isn’t quite over with, I predict that the aspect of this project that I’ll carry with me the longest is the fact that people around the world will have access to our work. It makes the project feel less like an assignment and more like a service; the prospect of people venturing to our site seeking knowledge of the story, and hopefully understanding the text better has been largely the driving force behind my contributions. It’s as if we’re writing something important; something immortal.

I completely and totally agree with Kyle.

The driving force behind this project may have been to please ourselves and our teacher with this project, but Kyle got me thinking. The true driving force behind this project really is the cause. We are helping so many others with this blog. It is almost overwhelming. We need to do our best, so that others that have access to this information will have a valuable resource. If I had access to these blogs, they would be my primary resource to analyze Alice. Everyone thinks differently, therefore everyone views the book in different ways.

I believe that once our blogs are not able to be published on after tomorrow, we all will be proud of the work we have done to analyze Alice. We have worked nonstop to make sure that this project is meaningful, not only to us, but to others as well. A shout out to my team for working so hard to make our blog the best it could be. And props to Kyle for thinking of this project as immortal. It allows me to continue all the way to the finish line.

We have accomplished our short term goal, but the end is not in sight. Our cause is immortal, and I’m sure we have inspired others to do such a project. As for right now, when we turn in this project for our ‘grade’ the satisfaction will overwhelm all of our effort. We worked for this cause and we are almost through our journey through Wonderland.

Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

Alice learning lessons?

Throughout Alice’s journey in wonderland, Alice encounters extraordinary people and places that help her determine right from wrong. As I was reading this book, I began to notice that she was learning life lessons every time she met a new person.

First, she is first starting to determine from right and wrong when she meets the Duchess in her home. When she enters the Duchess’s home, she is welcomed by an overwhelming smell of pepper, flying plates, and a screaming baby. She notices that the child is in danger and will not live much longer under the conditions it was in. She decides to take the baby away from the home, which, I think, is a mature, or right, choice on her part. Also, when Alice goes to the tea party with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, she is greeted very rudely. One of the first questions the March Hare asks Alice if she would like some wine, when really there was none. Alice says, “Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,” after she finds out that there is no wine. This is a sign of determining right from wrong. Knowing what is civil of not is a life lesson that I am very glad I learned.

Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

U-neek

There has been much talk about what makes Alice so popular amongst young children of both genders. I think it is the fact that Alice is truly a unique young girl. People love to listen to stories that are easy to relate to and not altogether impossible and perfect all the time. Life is not perfect therefore not all fairy tales should be perfect. Alice is unique in that she is one of the few young girl figures of stories for young girls who is not a princess or comes from family problems. Just like the name Bobo, which is an African baby boy’s name, Alice is unique compared to the others. She is easy to relate to both boys and girls because she is not a princess and the story does not turn into some sappy love story that ends happily ever after , because guess what?

That is a lie.

Alice is a typical little girl spending time with her sister who falls into an exotic dream where she can escape all her worries, and she brings you along with her. Cinderella has her mice and Pocahontas has Grandmother Willow, but Alice just brings you along. It is much easier to become wrapped up in something that is actually possible as opposed to the typical love story that usually leaves you teary eyed and on the couch with a gallon of Blue Bell handy, leaving you lusting after your prince charming. In the end, Alice is just a unique, relatable young woman and often that is all people really want. They want to know they are not alone in their struggles and worries and that everyone has their own form of escape.

Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

Unsolved Mysteries

At the tea party in chapter seven, the Mad Hatter offers more tea to Alice. Although this seems to be a common question (“Would you like some more of something”), Alice realizes she has had none in the first place, and therefore cannot receive ‘more’ of the drink. The Hatter then points out ” It’s very easy to take more than nothing.”

This quote has turned out to be rather mind-boggling. I have thought it over and although it seems to be just a tiny sentence in this book of confusion, this one thought has stuck with me. The fact that we can take more than nothing  easily is very simple to comprehend but at the same time it feels as though he is trying to say something deeper at the same time. I’m not quite sure what to make of it, although it is just another one of the mysterious lines in the story.

Another unsolved mystery is the riddle,”Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This is another boggling Mad Hatter quote from the tea party. I understand that it is a riddle that is meant to never be solved, but the fact that someone would think of a riddle that was never meant to be solved confuses me as well. I understand not all things are meant to have an answer or meaning, but the fact of creating a riddle to be unsolved just makes me ponder about Carroll’s intentions and the way his mind worked. If the story were to have only one confusing line I would not have put another thought to it, but it seems to be line after line after line. It brings me to conclude that this story is a story of unsolved mysteries.

Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

The Underdog of Wonderland

Although much attention had been payed to character such as the Cheshire, Mad Hatter, and of course the infamous Alice, the one that I think has been rather neglected is the Duchess. We know nothing about her except that we are spontaneously introduced to her and if you are like me, you are given a negative opinion of her due to the baby incident. A Duchess is supposed to be a woman of an upper class status who carries herself well and is or was once married to a Duke. So was this the Duchess of Wonderland?

She is described as an ugly woman, and the illustrations help confirm whatever you had come up with in your own mind as far as her visual appearance. I just find it odd that she is introduced sitting ugly in a chair taking very poor care of what we can only assume to be her child. I must say I was not impressed by this long chinned woman off of her first impression. She did not complete what I think of to be a Duchess of a land and this bothered me. Especially since I had just recently watched the movie The Duchess with a fellow classmate of mine, this caused me to judge this character even more. I did not come around to actually enjoying this womans presence until she begins her rant about morals. It is then when I began to see she is one of the few optimistic characters who is actually understandable and does not speak in a type of secret language. She tells Alice some morals which i find to be inspiring and can even be related to the world outside of the situations Alice finds herself in.

So while I at first was very unhappy with the status of this character I began to realize Carroll uses her as a good example not to judge too quick. So, while she may not be as popular as some of the other characters in this tale, I believe that the Duchess can be considered the true underdog of the story.

Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

Analization of the Analyzers

Over the past couple weeks I have noticed that on many of our blogs we have brought up how the book is over analyzed and ought to be left alone and read for enjoyment and escape. I was commenting on a blog last night that brought up that idea when BAM! It hit me, we are doing the exact same thing.

While we all love to complain about how everyone is trying to make deeper meanings from Carroll’s rhymes and riddles, we are doing the exact same thing on our posts. So yes while it may seem as an annoyance of all the different opinions and conclusions people receive from reading Alice, we must not complain because as a class we are doing the same thing that all of these famous people have done before us.  The only difference is that ours is not as popular yet.

In the end I believe that the amount of analysis a piece of writing receives should amount to be a good thing.  It helps show how many people have taken an interest in the story and actually taken time out to read, think, and put their ideas to action. So by reading all the different thoughts of Alice and her mystery land I think it just helps to show how much of a classic this story is and that it will constantly be revived for hopefully many more decades. It is a classic story that deserves to be taken apart and thought about, not forgotten like some boring bedtime story. So yes we may curse the over analyzers who may have torn this story apart for us, but in the end we have become those same critics.

Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

“Don’t Interrupt… RUDE!”

Why are all the characters in Alice in Wonderland so rude to Alice?

It seems that every person she encounters has no respect for her and is just straight up rude. First she meets the rabbit… well, she doesn’t exactly meet him. She follows him down the rabbit hole and yells after him but he totally ignores her and just says that he is very late. She then runs into the talking and swimming mouse. He doesn’t so much ignore her but just has impatience and a tone with her. It seems like he is always in a hurry to get away from her. She then meets the caterpillar. The caterpillar first does not seem to notice her or give her any attention at all. Once they start talking, all he asks is who she is and won’t listen to what she is saying. He also criticizes her for her lack of knowledge as well as her height. Down the journey, she encounters the Duchess. The Duchess makes rude remarks such as “you don’t know much” and so on. There are many other characters that she meets that are rude to her, like the Queen.

My question is why is this? Is Carroll trying to tell us that people treated Alice rudely? Or maybe he is trying to get Alice to realize what is wrong and what is right?

Your opinion?

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