The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Day 33 Recomendations December 1, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 6 of the Project — Christian Long @ 6:33 pm

After more than 5 weeks of preparation, research, writing, blogging, linking, commenting, and falling way, way, way down the rabbit hole, here are the latest published entries:

Team #13

  • Welcome to Wonderland… 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…
  • Which Are You Looking Forward to More? Poll re: the new TV series and movie versions…
  • Oink, Oink? Stories are so interesting. There are no limits in anything, anybody writes. Like a child turning into a pig? Impossible, right? Not in Wonderland…
  • Law and Disorder The chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that I find most intriguing is Chapter 11, in which the trial is held…
  • Dinah, Dinah All the Time During Alice’s adventures, she often talks about her beloved cat, Dinah. Especially in the beginning of the story, Alice “was always ready to talk about her pet.” (pg 35)
  • Your Majesty This post is inspired by Scott’s The Third Witness. “Is there any significance to the Queen of Hearts being the first and only person Alice tells her name to?”
  • An Artistic View of the Cheshire Cat 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?
  • Alice If the Alice in the story is anything like the Alice that really existed, then Alice was a child of a wealthy English family. Alice is a confident and adventurous girl. Her need to explore allows her to venture through Wonderland though constantly questioning everything about Wonderland.
  • Clamoring for Chaos In Alex D.’s post, “Growing Pains,” he proposes the idea that maybe the part of the story in which Alice grows to a point that she is stuck inside a house and cannot get out (complete with an illustration that depicts her with an expression of great frustration and discomfort) is Carroll’s representation of the reality of Alice Liddell growing up to the point where she wants and needs to be set free and let out of her home to explore the world on her own.
  • Growing up As I began the book my mind was flooded with questions. The more pages I read the more questions I came up with.  Out of all the questions there was one that attracted my attention the most: What was the meaning for the size change?
  • Have They Ever Told You Too Much Pepper Isn’t Good for You? 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?
  • Questions with No Answers We all know that there are some questions that simply have no answer. I believe that the Hatter’s Riddle is one of those unanswerable questions, right up there with “what is the meaning of life?”
  • Portals and Doorways This post was inspired by Ryan S.’s Alice’s Tumble. After Alice falls down the rabbit-hole, she finds herself in a “metaphorical waiting room” as Ryan called it. While reading Alice, I had hurried through the first pages waiting for Alice to actually get to Wonderland, but after several of my classmates wrote posts about this passage I decided to go back and carefully read it again.
  • Are Children Really So Innocent? Anyone who has finished the book knows that the whole story is a dream. This changes everything because everything that happened in the novel is what Alice’s mind is thinking unconsciously…
  • Analysis of the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat The rabbit is a guide who navigates Alice through Wonderland. He brings her down the whole, to his house, to the court, and was also there at the end of her dream.
  • Perhaps it hasn’t one… 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.
  • The Queen’s Croquet-Ground I find the Queen of hearts most interesting. Anyone who read the book would probably quickly agree with me that the queen is not someone you want to hang out with.
  • A Push For Animal Rights I find what Hersh said in his aforementioned blog very interesting. He proposed the idea that maybe Lewis Carroll used the intelligence and power that he gave the animals of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a way to sort of present animals as our equals. He gave them their own society in Wonderland, a society in which animals, humans, and objects coexist in equality (granted, in this society there are separate classes as in ours, but it is irrelevant whether one is a person, animal, card, etc.)
  • Where Is the Family? Throughout the book Carroll hardly mentions Alice’s family. In fact the only family member of Alice’s Carroll vaguely talks about in the book is Alice’s sister. In the story Alice’s sister is even given a name.
  • Chase Your Rabbit I believe Alice was in search of adventure and excitement. Her want for adventure and excitement motivated her to explore wonder land instead of hiding or breaking down and crying.
  • Morals “Maybe the quotes are not supposed to make sense” were the exact words I needed to hear. It was all starting to make sense now. I decided to use the quote “everything has a moral” as the Duchess’s moral and say that may be not everything has a moral.
  • Who Are You? Though Alice was able to identify her name what else can she remember about herself? This scene was really weird to me because she had so much trouble figuring out who she was.

Team #12

  • The Wise Guy In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the Wise Guy seems to be the Caterpillar that smokes the hookah pipe who guides Alice. He is confusing, mysterious, and kind of wise, however he is most likely not old. If he was old most likely he would be a butterfly, it could be that Wonderland being the crazy place it is caterpillars take forever to grow into butterflies and so the caterpillar may be old, but it really doesn’t matter.
  • What Is The Meaning? There is no common theme behind the hidden meanings, which is kind of strange considering books usually have a common theme or meaning and if they have a hidden meaning it usually comes together.
  • Louis Vuitton’s Wonderland Collection About everyone has read or seen these fairytales come to life and love one if not all of the stories. By incorporating the products of Louis Vuitton, customers can also relate to the beloved story in which the product is associated. Keeping in mind the price range in which these products are in, the display online is one to applaud and admire.
  • No Bounds At first we see Wonderland as a magical dream land were every thing is perfect, when in reality it is a chaotic mad house. I think it is interesting that we as readers can not see the bad in something like Wonderland because, we like Alice are so fascinated by strange things that we see around us. If we take a closer look at Wonderland as a whole we can see that this is one messed up place that has no morals, and no bounds. Rabbits with watches, the craziest guy you will ever meet, smoking caterpillars, and beheading queens (just to name a few), sounds to me like this place could use some cleaning up.
  • Voice Thread I analyzed these pictures and gave some of my thoughts on the caracters and the changes that have taken place in them through out the many renditions of Alice
  • The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice (part 3) I left off observing that one of the significances of Alice’s journey through Wonderland was the lessons she has learned to reach her goals.
  • Returning to Reality Chapter 12 ended in a more predictable manner, but I thought it fit well within a children’s story. What child wouldn’t want to doze off only to find themselves in wonderland? However, there is one thing that baffles me about the way Carroll ended his story. Isn’t it a little ironic that his ending made perfect sense?
  • The Beginning of an End? Following this thought, maybe Wonderland was meant as a experience Alice “never had” and when she wakes up, that is where the beginning of the end starts for her. An end because the line where ordinary and strange intercept are clearly defined. A beginning because now it’s Alice’s turn to integrate the abstract conceptions into her own world’s reality. In a sense, Alice now needs to take charge of what will happen.
  • The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice (part 2) Now, assuming these steps are supposed to go in the order they are represented in, a meeting with the goddess is to be seen. The goddess does not necessarily have to be a woman or a human; it should represent what the hero/heroine loves most completely. I concur that Dinah, Alice’s cat, would be the perfect match for this step. Alice refers to Dinah in many of the beginning chapters until she overcomes her dependence on Dinah and gains confidence in herself.
  • Hidden Meanings, Why? Originally the purpose of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was to entertain a little girl named Alice Liddell and later on was used to make money, even though it was simply made to entertain a young girl in the beginning. Carroll put many references to things that a child wouldn’t understand such as the caucus race, which most little girls don’t know is a political competition, not just a simple foot race with no winner. Why?
  • Why Is Alice So Popular? It is very strange how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a children’s book, has achieved a lot of success due to its story of how a innocent and foolish little girl falls down a rabbit hole into a land with no rules and wonder.

Team #11

  • Even Authors Get Lazy… Or Do They Get Smarter? It seems that the ever so inviting tree of Carroll’s peculiar creation has run out of fruit to bear us as we near the end of our journey. In the beginning of the story, there was symbolism and hidden meaning for us to sink our hungry little teeth into. Now at the end of the book, there is transliteration and cute poem parodies which don’t make for very interesting or relevant blog posts. And I do dare to go far enough to ask, “What’s up with that?”
  • Dealing With My Fascination It’s far out! It’s filled with extensive notes about notes about notes! It’s got laws which defy defying physics! Yes, it’s the mad tea party, and it is jam-packed with places to let our pulsating little minds wander and play.
  • No Explosives, No Interest If there isn’t violence, toilet humor or hunky high school romance then it holds no interest for them. If the plot is not constantly moving at a rapid pace then their attention will wander and drift. I wonder now if Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would be a story that a parent of modern upbringing could read to their child and captivate them.
  • See the Journey for Yourself! References another web site with a range of Alice/Wonderland games.
  • Sweet Dreams?? I think Carroll is trying to get kids to come back form reality. It would be great if we could all stay in our own wonderland. But that is just not the way things work. I think that is why we dream. When we dream we are able to go back into that state of mind we had as a young child.
  • Alice in….Oz? The Queen in Alice in Wonderland is similar  to the Wicked Witch of the West. Both stories also seem to have strong drug references. In Alice in Wonderland we see the smoking caterpillar, eating cake that makes her change size. Pretty similar to The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy falls asleep in a field of poppies and is woken up by falling snow.
  • The Third Witness So I would like to know: Is there any significance to the White Rabbit being the one to first say her name? What could the White Rabbit Represent here?

Team #10

Team #9

  • Goodbye Wonderland and Hello Reality I found it interesting that Carroll just ended the story. He didn’t have Alice escape from Wonderland; he just had her dream end. I wonder if he was trying to comment on how fragile our dreams are. Then again, Alice’s dream and our dreams are two completely different things. One is a fantasy world and the other is our hopes and aspirations. Although they have two different meanings, Carroll could be using Alice’s dream to symbolize our dreams.
  • Back In Ye Olde Days… Carroll’s jokes and hidden messages lead us to another problem. Even if we are given the context of the joke, we still don’t understand it that well. What was funny hundreds of years ago isn’t necessarily funny now.
  • Alice For Heisman Everyone has their own Wonderland. For some, it is going out and playing football or baseball. For others, it may be playing video games or reading a good book. Really, it doesn’t matter what we do as long as it lets us escape from our lives for any length of time. Having a Wonderland for ourselves is a good thing too.
  • Game Over Alice I have noticed an interesting trend among my fellow classmates in regard to the ending of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From Hersh’s blog post to individual conversations I have had with other students the response has been almost exactly the same. Most of them absolutely hate how the story ended. Honestly, I have to agree with them.
  • What is Alice Thankful For? Happy Thanksgiving everyone! On a day where everyone gives thanks for the good things in their life, I began wondering what Alice would be thankful for. There certainly are numerous occurrences where Alice narrowly avoided a major predicament. She has changed size many times, been driven crazy by some very interesting characters, and has even been ordered to be beheaded. Alice should be thankful for the fact she is even alive by the end of the story.
  • I Think. But Do I Know Who I Am? In the magical realm that is Wonderland do the same principles that guide our perception of self still apply or has all reason gone out the window?

Team #8

  • It’s All Just Politics When analyzing The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland there are two sides. Some people think that it is a children’s story. Some people oppose that theory and think that it is an adult story with adult humor, and that the author really never meant for it to be for children. Now honestly who’s right?
  • What is it About Alice’s Personality? She is constantly getting herself into trouble, whether she meant to or not. However, while she is going through all of this, she is continuing to mature. At the beginning of the story, she has no idea what is going on, and is lost in this strange world. However, towards the end of the story, she has not fully matured, but has matured enough.
  • Wouldn’t It Be Murder? This brings us back to the situation Alice is put in. I believe that since the child has been beaten, and maltreated, the child should, in fact, be taken away from the Duchess. Thankfully, the Duchess has cast it away herself, where the decision can be more easily made.
  • The Randomness is What Creates the Magic It is the movies like Snow White, Cinderella, and Aladdin that actually have drawn us in because of the magic and the creativity. I think that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fall into this category also.
  • Hidden Meaning Is Required I pose the premise that perhaps the opposite is the purpose of Carroll’s novel….hidden meanings are indeed required.  It is possible that Carroll used the idea of using a nonsensical “children’s” book to write a commentary on the social issues of his times.  The annotated discussions are basically a guide to let us, the reader, become aware of what political and moral issues were present in Carroll’s lifetime.  By using these comments, we may then be able to make some sense out of the often “nonsense” found in his writing.
  • Julie & Julia vs. Alice & Wonderland Somehow, I realized that I sounded like an 8-year old refusing to eat his green beans, and got on with the task at hand. And what do you know – it wasn’t that bad. Sure, the first few days were awkward, but as the project gained steam, so did all the students working on it. At this point, I feel capable of doing whatever I need to do to get all of the required material off the ground. I’ve had a coming of age through Alice, and have never been happier to grow up.
  • Is Alice a Children’s Book? I believe that when Carroll first wrote this book, he may not have intended it to be a children’s book. Many of the topics in the book do relate to adult matter in society. Everything seems to be geared in the direction of a fairy tale, but with hidden undertones.
  • Carroll’s Possible Outlook on Society It seems rather ironic to me that Carroll uses a deck of cards to represent the society. As you well know, when you build something out of a deck of cards, it has no strong foundations. It could easily be blown away or torn down. Carroll could have been implying that the society of England was crumbling at the time that he wrote his book. Maybe, he saw the society to be weak
  • Peasantry Resurrected As I understand it, the poem is a metaphor for the archaic feudal system employed by lords and peasants circa the Middle Ages. Although the use of the system goes much further back (and forward), the clearest interpretation, with the maximal use of direct comparison, comes from the system that surfaced at the aforementioned time period.
  • A Book? What’s That? I believe that Carroll, unintentionally obviously, provided us with something to latch onto our once very well read past. When an author writes and absolutely FANTASTIC work the idea of reading is once again introduced into our society. As always, we must now wait for a new author to capture the interest of the people and be able to contribute more that just a petty story that briefly entertains us
  • Third Law of Wonderland Wonderland operates in a manner curiously accordant with Isaac Asimov’s Third Law of Robotics.
  • Does Carroll Know? We can obviously tell that Carroll is leading us somewhere. The only question is where? And, does the journey he is taking us on matter more than the actual place he is taking us? Maybe that realization is the destination itself?
  • Was It Real? When I was reading the story I didn’t know how it was going to end. After all it had been like 8 years sense I had seen the movie. So I was very curious as to how this could end. So when it all ended up being a dream I thought it was kind of funny. I thought it was funny because it would of taken a lot of creativity to keep the story going, and I guess the author lacked that creativity.
  • Dream Ending? Oh, Please. They have weaved a fantastical world and imaginary rules that govern this place, and then at the point where we are finally beginning to question and perceive, end it? The ending of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland irritates me to no end.

Team #7

  • Can You Spot the Difference?If you have seen the Disney movie of Alice in Wonderland or read The Annotated Alice/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, then hopefully you can spot some of the differences between the movie and the book.
  • Don’t Come Around Here No More Unlike my other Music Video Blog, White Rabbit, I didn’t find a need to write the lyrics for this song. The importance of this song to The Alice Project is just the video itself, and the fact that “Alice” appears in many unexpected places.
  • Yes We Covered Alice Live Again Below you will find our second Cover it Live of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This time we all sat together and projected our ideas aloud before hitting the keyboard. It is a bit shorter than the previous, so those of you with a shorter attention span will enjoy it.
  • Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision: Summary of Chapter Nine (2 of 2)Alice also did not understand how their days went. One the first day they had ten hours of school and it decreased day to day. Alice wanted to know what would happen on the twelfth day, but the Gryphon changed the subject before the Mock Turtle could answer.
  • Off With Their Heads: Analysis of Chapter Nine (1 of 2) The garden itself doesn’t answer Alice’s questions about Wonderland – if anything, it raises more. Alice got used to believing that animals were the leaders of Wonderland, and is surprised that they are subject to “a pack of cards.” Her whole idea of the social system is upside down.
  • How Do You Play? Analysis of Chapter EightWe are all already well aware of these character’s being mad, as well as the rest of Wonderland, so this exchange brings up an interesting concept. Alice, being from the “real” world, has been conditioned to see this kind of world as mad, so she in turn is sane by the standards. Maybe these Wonderland inhabitants are unwelcoming towards Alice, who is sane, therefore different from their world’s standards.
  • It’s a Mad World After All: Analysis of Chapter SevenBelow is the link for our team’s very first Cover It Live Session. We discussed many topics over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and asked each other questions we had over the book. We also took some Live polls during the chat, and you will be given some questions as well for us to see what you think about the story so far.

Team #6

  • Alice in Wonderland = Dorothy in the Land of Oz?The more I thought about it, the more Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seemed like virtually the same story. Alice dreams that she is stuck in Wonderland, and encounters many odd creatures and situations as well. She does not understand the new world at all, just as Alice. And, again just like Alice, she seems to accept it without much questioning.
  • Dreams Representing RealitySo, if the dog could come from the real world into Alice’s dream, why couldn’t anything else? Maybe the other animals represented her family and friends, or in some cases, her enemy. The Queen could have been a mean aunt that Alice did not like, or the cat a wise uncle. The same could be true for the situations presented to her.
  • Technology: Man’s Greatest AidHow would technology, such as having a cell phone, have affected Alice and her adventure in Wonderland?
  • Ignorance is BlissI could compare this to Queen Marie Antoinette’s famous words: “Let them eat cake.” Just so everyone is clear, she did not actually say this, but for the sake of this post, let us pretend that she did…
  • Hookah: An Anchor to Reality This is a longer response to Rachel’s post, Alice in DREAM-land.In her post, Rachel says that hookah does not seem at all odd to see in Wonderland. I disagree, however…
  • Society: AKA the DestroyerCould Carroll have written this story as proof of how society’s mind works?
  • Religious SignificancePerhaps Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland symbolizes how a person is born, lives their life, dies, and (if you so believe) goes on to either Heaven or Hell.
  • More On MoralsDoes everything really need a moral? Or, does anything even have a moral?
  • FunbusI like how the lyrics are saying how everyone seems to think that we have to keep doing the same boring thing. Any of the lines could really be applied to something in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I don’t even know what some of the lines could mean, but I think all of them could be applied to the story some how. What do you think?
  • Why Kids Love Alice I was inspired by Morgan P’s blog post, “What is it about Alice?” This post really hit me because it is so true. What is it about Alice? That really is the question.
  • Risks: When Should They Be Taken? I was thinking about the risks Alice took while she was in Wonderland, and whether or not she should have taken them.
  • No Right Answer
    I do not think that Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a goal to send a specific message or make the story mean one specific thing. I think Carroll merely hinted at, either accidentally or on purpose, at certain subjects using Alice, Wonderland, and the various characters and situations within the story. There is no single “the meaning of this story is this” moments.
  • Does There Always Have to Be a Meaning? It seems as though every piece of literature always has a meaning. There is always something to look for, always some far reaching idea that the story supposedly represents. Or is there? Why does every piece of writing have something completely different to say then what it actually says? Say you think that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland means, oh say, childhood innocence (just an example).
  • Just a Girl with Her Toys This entry was inspired by a thought that occurred to me while commenting on Hersh’s post, Who Are We? Yes, mine is another entry about sizes. But instead of thinking about the significance of Alice’s sizes, what of the other characters’?
  • The Queen: An Older Sibling?After finishing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I began to think about some of the less major characters that I neglected to pay attention to before. One such character was the Queen.

Team #5

  • Carroll’s Consistency Carroll’s consistency has made it easier for the reader to continue the story without a double take. It causes us as readers to be in Wonderland, it won’t be a surprise when pots, pans, and even noses are flying through the air right? Wrong; talking rabbits, body-morphing cakes and potions, and mock turtles are never going to be completely normal to people of any common intellect or sense. We are all ‘mad’ in the fashion that we each have our own peculiar personalities that shape ourselves.
  • The Choice is Yours.. This blog compares the ending of Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • New CoverItLive Post! This is a CoverItLive session our group did discussing the trailer for the new series on the Syfy network called “Alice.”
  • Be What You Would Seem to Be When Alice enters Wonderland through the rabbit hole, she was locked out of her house, or world rather. She was brought into Wonderland by the white rabbit’s lure, but for why she stayed? Of course we all know she stayed because she couldn’t leave, but she was interested, she was full of who’s, what’s, when’s, and where’s?
  • The Ugly Truth Alice also describes the Duchess as “very ugly” (page 91). Why does the truth always have to be ugly? Is it because it’s human nature to not want to hear the truth? Or is it because the truth is too hard to face?
  • Victorian England Shane Leslie, for instance, writing on “Lewis Carrol and the Oxford Movement” (in  the London Mercury, July 1933), finds Alice a secret history of the religious controversies of Victorian England.
  • Liddell’s Lasting Impression On Us When we’re done and the finishing touches are put on and the final project is being reviewed, it still won’t be over. This website will always be here. People will always have the opportunity to come here and take part in what we did. So this is sort of like a lasting legacy of all of our efforts. This project has been secretly motivating us to question things from now on and find out for ourselves the meaning of things we encounter in life.
  • A Disappointing Ending? Lewis Carroll may have started a trend with his ending to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I for one have seen quite a few negative reactions to how Carroll intended his wonderland to all just be a dream. I found it slightly anti-climactic myself. The ending has also been accused of being unoriginal and being a sort of cheap way to get out of finishing the story. These days, quite a few stories end in such a manner, and most are met with a negative reaction. But I think there is a reason that Carroll ended his book the way he did, and Ill try my best to explain it.
  • Dont Blame Us; We Just Can’t Help It! It is to understand and to be able to understand, we first try to dig deeper, dissect it and try to see how Carroll put these pieces together so eventually we can put the pieces together ourselves.
  • The Queen of Hearts Why would Carroll have made the queens attitude to be the opposite of the card type that he choose for her? Perhaps he was trying to show how a woman would sometimes be if placed in a place of power.
  • Your Dream World and the Real World are One and the Same
  • The Big Dream As an interesting aside, it is a scientific fact that the thoughts in your subconscious often lead to what you dream about. If that’s true, then dreaming and reality are not two different worlds, but worlds that go hand in hand, a world within a world.
  • Step 5: The Belly of the Whale
  • his is usually when the person is in their lowest point of their journey. You are most of the time surrounded by unknown qualities and don’t know what is going to happen. This should be the time when Alice’s mind needs to realize what is ahead of her and that there is no turning back and she needs to rely on herself and just go with her instincts.
  • Pat the Apple Digger From what I could find, he did have a little of Irish blood in him, but I have failed to find if he was prejudice. But the British were and still not in some areas not friends with the Irish, so he could have shared that trait and included a Irish farmer that served a timid white Rabbit. This is just another point of how different our culture is today then Carrolls time and how we don’t understand Carrolls writing.

Team #4

  • Peppered Bacon. The Reality of Chapter 6 My focus on this chapter is the effect substances have on people and their moods. When the Duchess is introduced in the presence of pepper she is very rude, whereas in chapter nine she is very sweet and motherly when she is in the absence of pepper. This difference in personalities can be confusing, especially to Alice. It is definitely something to consider how any substance or absence of something can easily influence someone’s personality.
  • The Tale of the Mighty Mocking Turtle His constant contradictions to his story make a quite interesting conversation. While a child may pass of the idea of the Mock Turtle lying and being strange like the rest of the creatures in Wonderland, an adult would notice the words I bolded to show that he was lying. In Wonderland the Mock Turtle is a figure of great envy and awe. Was Carroll making fun of the heroes of the modern day world, saying that they constantly lie to make their story sound more appealing?
  • Sequelitis What remains to be touched upon is the incredibly interesting decision on the screenwriter’s part to synthesize the first book with key sequences of its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. This particular factoid often comes as a shock to most people, who had no idea that Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the oyster devouring Walrus were not remotely present in the initial story. Who can blame them; Disney’s movie is the primary reason that Alice is still ingrained in popular culture, so it’s understandable that the general populace would have been duped.
  • Carroll on Direction Though Alice is speaking on literal terms, we can assume that this is representative of one of the classic intellectual dilemmas (considering Carroll also briefly dealt with the problem of identity earlier in the story): What is the purpose of my existence? Why am I here, and what do I do?
  • Alice in Wonderland: Rated R? Though I do not possess a copy of their film rating standards from the 1950s, it’d be safe to say that they were a far cry from how they stand at the present time. According to their website, if Alice in Wonderland was to be released tomorrow, it would brandish a PG-13 bullet point.
  • Croquet with a Side of Execution Anyone? There could have been some discrepancies in Carroll’s work because of his close relationship with England due to the fact that he lived there. He also references England in the tea party occurring everyday at the exact same time, showing how the regimented and intolerant society of England works. He makes the point that although they seem to be civilized, England can be tyrannical and irrational.
  • What Ever Happened to the Duchess? But the Question of where the Duchess went is still in my mind. Was the poor lady executed? Is she safe? Did she just disappear like the rabbit only to be found later? Or did the dream end just before the Duchess became of use to Carroll again? The world may never know.
  • The Crazy Caterpillar Is the caterpillar just a wise old man or a crazed character revealing the atrocities that can be committed by influential characters in Carroll’s work?
  • Fantasy Nightmares Hersh has inspired me in his post, Dream Ending? Oh, Please. He brought up the fact of how authors often introduce us to amazing fantasy worlds that later end in the traditional “It was all just a dream.” This frustrates me to no end.
  • Trial of Reason When Alice attends the hearing for the mystery of who stole the tarts, she is looking for some sanity. Wouldn’t it make sense that after all this time in a land of unsolved riddles, mad hatters, and queens obsessed with beheading, that she could possibly find some sanity and reasoning for everything at a court of justice?
  • When You Mix a Cup of Carroll…Part Two. As we established earlier, Disney’s manner of opening the story was more drawn-out and meaty than Carroll’s version; as the story progresses, however, Disney somewhat curiously chooses to edit and greatly shorten the tale’s whimsical ‘episodes.’
  • The Timeless Tea Party This quote perfectly compares the rationality of the real world and utter nonsense of Wonderland. Who has a watch that doesn’t tell the time? The Hatter does because he made time angry. The entire scene of the tea party is complete chaos.
  • Where is the Rabbit Going? Is the rabbit a symbol of people in the real world? people of our world usually have those days or moments when we are late, get lost and get confused about where we are going.

Team #3

  • Talking Well When we take in boring or incomprehensible information, we tend to react with confusion and sometimes continue on to disgust. The Duck exhibited his confusion and questioned for an answer.
  • Out of Place, Out of Mind… There is perhaps one thing that separates this puppy from every other character in wonderland. This Puppy cannot speak. Not only can it not speak but it seems to lack any form of sentiments at all, were this not Wonderland I might have guessed that this puppy was from the real world
  • Boyish Charm… Lewis Carroll’s dislike for little boys was no secret. He not only detested them he may have even despised them. Lewis Carroll while giving this book to Alice Liddell may have been using this scene as a warning. The last thing he would want is for his precious Alice to not only, not love him, but to fall in love with another. He also believed that boys could be untrustworthy so, while he may have wanted Alice as his own. He may also have been sending her a warning as simple as be safe.
  • Lying Serpents My question is, should we not be wholly, and if necessary, brutally honest with ourselves about everything?
  • Emotional Responses I think Alice had added a little bit of venom to her sentence. Why? In order to spite the Duchess for being so rude to her earlier and besides, Alice just did not like her anyway. Alice was also probably annoyed that the Duchess had changed her idea. Alice was respectful and polite in their first conversation, yet was met with threats of death.
  • Off With Her Head: A Queen’s Journey Through Puns I think mood is a choice we make depending on our physical and mental condition, as well as our conditioning of the same. Specifically, we are more apt to become angry if we are tired and hungry.
  • The Rabbit Herald(s)? (VoiceThread) John Tenniel made two illustrations of The Rabbit Herald. The original was taken out of printing and replaced with an entirely disparate version. What were the changes? Why were they made?
  • Complex Simplicity But the inhabitants of Wonderland seem to be on a THIRD side of the argument, one we’re not used to dealing with. They have a different perspective on the ways of society (like table manners) and on getting an answer out of somebody (like who they are).
  • Moral Gratitude? However we do not always return gratitude with graciousness. However, was Alice justified in being bothered with the Duchess’ thanks? Furthermore, when gratitude is due and it is given, what should our responses be? Does this set up a societal limitation?
  • I Mean What I Say….Do I Say What I Mean? It’s already been thoroughly covered that Wonderland is a crazy and mixed up place, where meanings mean little and sayings say a lot. And when one statement is repeated by two totally unrelated characters, it’s bound to have some significance.
  • MLIA During the scene in the court, the Mad Hatter is called to the stand to provide his evidence. He begins his statement multiple times. It usually was a variation of “I’m a poor man, your Majesty.” This entertained me greatly. The Hatter illustrated his own madness by his inability to maintain cogent thought, but more funny than that was his repetition of “MLIA”. For the older crowd reading this, MLIA is a website on which people entertain themselves by reading people’s funny stories they post telling that “My Life Is Average”.
  • Simple Schooling It rather amuses me that even in a mixed-up world like Wonderland, school is still an unpleasant experience. In fact, even if Wonderland is an odd and mixed up place, the characters still seem to be more intelligent that Alice.
  • Curiouser and Curiouser… Why is it when one reads Alice, we get the distinct feeling that we are seeing half the image? As if there was something we are missing?
  • The Caucus Race First the mouse thinks that it has a good idea to get everyone dry. Some people think that the mouse was to represent Miss Prickett, the children’s governess. If this is true, then it says something about Alice’s life.
  • Who are You? At first during their conversation, they both have trouble understanding each other. Alice has the most trouble comprehending what the caterpillar is saying. He asks questions that she has never really had to answer before. When the caterpillar asks “who are you?”, she does not know how to answer it. I think that Carroll is playing with thoughts during this meeting. He takes the most simple questions, but turns them into a more deep question that is hard to answer.
  • Pig BoyBut then I realized that the baby turning into a pig does not contradict his idea at all. The baby turning into a pig is what he says is supposed to happen. So after further analyzing, I had to change my thoughts, and I realized that Carroll had not contradicted his ideas after all.

Team #2

  • Picturing Wonderland: Visual Aid After writing my blog Picturing Wonderland, I thought it would be a good idea to create a presentation showcasing the different images readers have created for this story. The pictures I gathered are from the 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland coming out in 2010, and the original illustrations by John Tenniel. By looking at these you can see the fun, cartoon way Wonderland is depicted in the 1951 version, the scary and dark Wonderland from Tim Burton’s mind, and the realistic human version drawn by John Tenniel.
  • Picturing Wonderland With all this media depicting Wonderland THEY want it to be depicted, do we lose the way Carroll wanted it to be imagine. I mean, maybe Carroll wanted it to be different for everybody. But here we are creating this widely used picture of Wonderland so that nobody can imagine it the way they want.
  • Transformation: Child to Adult Is it when an individual gains so much responsibility that they cannot afford to let go of reality? Is it when a person becomes so educated that they know their dream world cannot be real? Or is it that children in a way have a longer attention span when comes to their dreams?
  • A Raven and a Writing Desk After all, Carroll did write the story for children. Maybe the Hatter’s quote was just an excuse to get the real Alice to laugh. Or maybe the quote was just put in the story to provide comic relief and release tension.
  • Remember the Time Another factor that goes into the supposed “inappropriateness” of Alice is the writer himself. Lewis Carroll may be a literary genius  but he has many other issues.
  • I Found the “Porpoise” After seeing Jenna’s post “What’s the “Porpoise?”” , I was determined to find the purpose of Chapter 10 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • I Wish I was a Kid Again If you wish you were a kid again, this post is partly for you. If you wish you understood Alice better this post for you. And, if both statements are true, this post is definitely for you.
  • Disappointed Is Wonderland as strange as we make it out to be? I mean putting aside the talking animals and the long fall down a rabbit hole, what is so strange about Wonderland that makes it worthy of all this talk and discussion? I mean, there are plenty of fictional stories that have talking animals and strange happenings. Look at Dr. Seuss, you don’t see people going and analyzing his books and his writing is just as witty and confusing as Lewis Carroll’s…and it rhymes!
  • The Queen Isn’t the Only Crazy One Because I have taken a lot of flack for my referencing of The Powerpuff Girls in my earlier post “Alice’s Adventures in the Kitchen” and also had my man-card taken away, I thought to myself, ‘why don’t I blog about something more violent and manly?”.
  • Words To Live By? Maybe. As I’ve read the book, I’ve tried to find connections to the real world and tried to learn lessons that I could apply to my life, like Alice. I found it easy not to drink random drinks that I found and other people’s cake, but this chapter introduced something new. Not just characters who spoke in sentences that made sense, but morals, true words to live by. Or so I thought…
  • The Pink Flamingo Later while having lunch at the Bavarian bakery I was admiring the wood carvings and paintings around me, and I saw a big white rabbit staring back at me! He was made of porcelain, I assume, and had great dark eyes that stared curiously back at me. He had his paws out as if to hold a tray, but to me it looked as if he were holding an imaginary trumpet pretending he was at court. I was surprised that he wasn’t wearing a waistcoat or carrying a watch, but his mere presence was enough to make me feel like Wonderland was sending its own after me.
  • Stages of Mind I was nervous and disbelieving when Mr.  Long first presented us with the book and the project. I thought he had just lost all sanity and decided to drag us down to the insane asylum with him. It was a completely foreign concept to me to take a children’s book and analyze it for a high school class, especially using a blog to do it.
  • Business as Usual Perhaps that is why the presence of a hatter seems strange to me. Then again not all of the characters play active roles in the society so maybe the hatter- even though he is a hatter- doesn’t necessarily have to function as a hatter. I suppose, however, because it is Wonderland that it doesn’t particularly matter what or whom one is. You simply are and act the parts that Carroll assigned you.
  • Finding Yourself I find it ironic, and hypocritical, of Alice to call the jurors stupid for being afraid of forgetting their names when she herself couldn’t figure out who she was in chapter five with the Caterpillar.
  • Is Lewis Carroll Actually Wonderland? We know that Carroll loved Alice and wished to give her this story as a present. We know he loved children and had show sorrow at them growing up and changing. Now thanks to Vivian’s entry, “And Up We Grow”, I have come to adopt her opinion of Wonderland being a place of innocence. If that is so, then it seems  reasonable to me that Carroll would have based Wonderland and its characters off of himself.
  • Alice’s Adventures in the Kitchen? Here we see another part of childhood in the sense that children would believe their parents after they told them that they would become what they were eating if they had too much of it. Your personality is who you are repeatedly. As Aristotle put it, “we are what we repeatedly do.”  Therefore, the temperaments of people are due to eating too much of one thing.
  • Don’t Enter A Land of Wonder Looking for Anything Except Things That Make You WonderI was struck by a sudden thought while reading Gabriella’s entry, “Turning Wisdom on Its Head”, and some of the comments she received, that seems to me so very logical and obvious that I can’t believe I didn’t think about it before!
  • Is Reality Not Good Enough?Throughout the story we are presented with abnormal creatures and places, But why? Is our world not good enough that one must escape it through a dream, or for us; escape through a story about a dream?

Team #1

  • The Process Alice does not grow form her experience, but I know that I have because of her journey. I learned how to better use technology to help out my students and other students out in the world. I grew to easier identify symbolism that is apparent throughout the plot of most books. This will help me out for later books and through me, will help out my other students, peers, and friends. The process was a little daunting at first, but now I feel much better about it, and am ready to ‘tackle ‘ the next book.
  • Wonderland a Heaven? I can’t help but wonder, but I realize it is probably not. Let us think of Alice Lidell as a dying girl. This book would be an amazing story of heaven. Carroll could have been illustrating a nice heaven that Alice would enjoy. Alice is able to do things not humanly possible, such as growing and shrinking. She meets talking animals that she interacts with and has fun with, adventures with.
  • Creepy Crawly As one of my fellow students wrote about, the caterpillar i something that kids will identify drugs with. Alice dislikes the caterpillar and if Alice is a link to kids, while the caterpillar is a link to drugs. If Alice (the kids) does not like the caterpillar (the drugs) then the kids will not like drugs. His mean, and ‘bad’ character is what will hopefully cause less children to take drugs when they grow older. This is why the caterpillar’s role is so vital to the child audience listening to the story.
  • Wonderland a Haven? For those of you can not see Wonderland as a heaven then maybe Wonderland is a haven. A haven may be an easier world to visualize. Now we imagine that Alice Lidell is not dying but maybe depressed. I know strange for a 10 year old, but we can put ourselves in her shoes and pretend we have been given this book when we were depressed. Would you enjoy a book that was written for you when you were depressed?
  • Family Matters On the other hand, Alice gets “lost” in a wonderland and never once thinks of her actual family. She may be in a dream, but in the beginning it is supposed to seem like reality. Wouldn’t most girls around the age we presume Alice to be want their mothers or fathers? I know that I would and I am sixteen, so why wouldn’t Alice?
  • Apathy This book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was not one of my favorite books. The book was odd, repetitive, and quite frankly a little annoying. Alice never seemed to grow form her experiences that she had in Wonderland. She kept going and going, continuing her bad habits the whole way. I would think that after seeing what her constant talking and apathy for people’s feelings, that she would stop what she does. The entire book is confusing, and we are supposed to decipher the hidden meaning behind it. I find that hard to do because I, just like Alice, have apathy too when it comes down to books I dislike to read. If I do not enjoy the book, there is no way that i am going to do extra work on it and “annotate” it.
  • Double Shift What intrigues me most about Carroll as a writer is that he is not a writer at all.
  • “Lost, Just Like Alice” After reading the entire book of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I can not say that I fully understand the book. I could not see, and still can not see, the symbols that Carroll is writing about. I attend a college prepatory school, but I still can not decipher what he is writing about. I am not saying that I am incredibly smart, but there should be some level of understanding. The drug reference with the caterpillar was the only synbol that I caught.
  • The White Rabbit The way he is portrayed in the movie confirms my suspicions because some drugs cause you to be jittery much like the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit may be Alice’s drug, but there is always room for error on my part.
  • A Sequel? How long would it have taken to write this story? After all he is a mathematician, not an English philosopher. I mean how did he know all of those poems? He also used objects that pertained to Alice’s real life. Why did he write this if it would take a while?
  • Animal I instantly see the connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice constantly changes sizes to fit the situation and yet it is always so plainly obvious to everyone in Wonderland that she doesn’t belong there.
  • Finally Believable As I read some of my fellow classmate’s blog entries I began to see a pattern. None of them seem to enjoy the end of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, where Alice wakes up and realizes that the whole thing was a dream. I, on the other hand, loved this ending for so many reasons…
  • Annotations and a Question for the Author So how do you think this book became so popular? What is more interesting is that professors have taken there time out to analyze the book fully. Why did professors pick a book that was written for a little girl? How was this book even discovered? Did Carroll publish for the world, or did he just give it to Alice Liddell?
  • Parallel Personalities If Alice’s time spent in Wonderland is a parallel of her life, what happens when the story ends?
  • In BetweenFor the fictional Alice this is simply a terrible inconvenience, but for Alice Liddell this was her life. She must be able to retain some of her child-like self even as she makes this transition to adulthood. Otherwise she woudl lose it forever. Perhaps Carroll wanted Alice to be able to read this story that way she would never grow old. So that her inner child could live on even after her body gets older.
  • Stories LinkedThey both meet new people while in their “Wonderlands”, but later we know that the creatures in Dorothy’s adventures are her family. Are the people in Alice’s Wonderland her family? I can link the Cheshire cat and Alice’s cat Dinah, but I’m not sure about anyone else. What’s your opinion? Who else is related to Alice in her Wonderland?
  • Hidden Meaning is Not RequiredThe fact of the matter is, this book should have been left alone.
 

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