The "Alice Project"

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

Day 2 Recommendations October 29, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 1 of the Project — Christian Long @ 5:30 am

The following are a few student posts that caught my eye on Day 2 of the 6-week “Alice Project” detailing the discoveries made by my 3 Honors English 10 classes.

Feel free to leave comments on any of of the students’ entries that catch your attention:

  • “Pre-Thoughts and Chapter One”, Hagen F. Excerpt: “I do not think Alice is of sound mind. I am not saying that she is dumb or has some sort of mental defect, but only that she may be tired or very imaginative. I mean she is bored in the beginning of the story, so maybe she drifts into a day dream of some sort.”
  • “‘Down the Rabbit Hole’: What Does It Mean?”, Kyle M. Excerpt:  “In a nut shell, going “down the rabbit-hole” represents embarking on an adventure; while yours, dear reader, might not be quite as fanciful as Alice’s, they are perhaps even more compelling and, dare I say, wonderful.”
  • “Labeling Temptation”, Angela W. Excerpt:  “Temptation is also something we humans deal with everyday of our lives. We are curious. We want to know what is in the box and what is behind the door. Labels, signs and warnings leads to temptation.”
  • “The Common Misconception of Labels”, Derek M. Excerpt: “In a time of need, people often resort to trying things more than once, without any speculation. This is seen by Alice’s quote, “Well I’ll eat it ,” said Alice, “and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door…and I don’t care which happens.””
  • “Who Was Lewis Carroll?”, Rivu D. Excerpt:  “When we combine the factors of his assumed love of children and his incredibly sick life, one can begin to understand why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a story for children, has a underlying theme of death.”
  • “Questions on ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland'”, Alex E. Excerpt:  “Furthermore, why is it that there is such a dark underlying tone throughout the story, such as some of the jokes about death that Carroll includes?”
  • “What is the Use of Books without Pictures or Conversations?”, Katherine H. Excerpt:  “The fact that Alice has scolded herself so severely as to bring tears to her eyes felt very strange to me, and that she had played croquet with herself. Pretending to be two people seems quite unnatural for a child to do habitually as Alice seems to do.”
  • “More Than a Children’s Story?”, Rivu D. Excerpt:  “After doing so, I can go back and re-read it from a more mature and analytical mindset, and I can read the annotations and make my own interpretations based off of them. By reading and re-reading the book with this method, I believe I can understand the book from two different perspectives, one of an innocent child, and one of a mature adult.”
  • Lessons in Alice”, Mike N. Excerpt:  “So, is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland trying to do more than just tell a story, but also teach a few basic life lessons that everyone needs to know to function well in the world?  And if this is true, is it not ironic that the setting used for teaching us about our world is actually located in a world that is completely different than our own?”
  • “Dual Personalities”, Kristen K. Excerpt:  “Finally, did Mr. Dodgeson’s dream world (not necessarily in Alice but rather the world he personally dreamed about) involve fictional Alice and Lewis Carroll together harmoniously since Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgeson never could be?”
  • “Different vs. Normal, Reality vs. Imaginary”, Hersh T. Excerpt:  “Now the conclusion that can be drawn from this series of events is that first and foremost, the albino idea is representative of anything out of the ordinary, and second that true imagination and fanciful thinking can be more powerful than reason in certain situations.”
  • “The Regained Innocence”, Benedikt K. Excerpt:  “Children seem to love the book, not only because it is an adventure story in which they can relate to the main character, but also because the presentation given by Carroll is so extremely interactive and tangential that it is easy to keep reading. While these interactions and different layers give the story a very interactive, discrete, ever-changing feel to it, they do make it harder to follow specifics within the story, however, and keep the children to the main focus of the story, the entertainment.”
  • “That Thin White Line”, Beth A. Excerpt:  “I believe that Carroll was stuck in a children’s world, and this oppritunity for a book allowed his inner child to thrust outward. I think that he wasn’t in love with little Alice Liddell, just in love with him being a part of her childhood.”
  • “Carroll’s Writing Style:  Interesting?”, Connor S. Excerpt: “The book seems to be written from the point of view of Alice, and this obscures the philosophy and references to the real world in the book (I’ll go more into detail on that later). Children look at everything with a sense of innocence, just like the children in Lord of the Flies do. Third person limited has a profound effect when being done from a child’s point of view, as it forces the reader to have to work to understand parts of the story, as they aren’t as easy to identify from a child’s perspective.”
  • “More Than A Silly Little Girl?”, Darcy S. Excerpt: “I remember my first encounter with Alice. I believe I was six, sitting on the floor of my living room with my eyes fixed on the television and probably had some sort of sticky food smeared all over my face. To a colourful* six year old girl, Alice was the girl to be.”
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