The "Alice Project"

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

Day 3 Recommendations October 30, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 1 of the Project — Christian Long @ 2:48 am

The following are a few student posts that caught my eye on Day 3 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:

  • “Alice Making Us Young Again”, Erin M. Excerpt: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that customarily reminds people of their youth. This remainder is not just the physical aspect of being young but the simple thought process and imagination that goes along with it.”
  • “Dissection”, Rachel L. Excerpt: “Most children sitting in their homes watching Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland would never think that someday they would be reading the same story in high school. To young kids the story is just a fun adventure through a magical land.”
  • “Should We Analyze Alice?”, Jenna K. Excerpt: “In the introduction, Gilvert K. Chesterton says that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not meant to be analyzed, that the story was not meant to be in the hands of scholars and analysts.”
  • “Just An Innocent Story”, Brittany M. Excerpt: “It is an enjoyable tale told by many parents to young children who see the innocence in the story but was it written with innocent intentions?”
  • “Step 1: The Call to Adventure”, Melissa H. Excerpt: “In class awhile back we were taught Joseph Cambell’s ” The Hero’s Journey.” For most stories, and or movies most plots follows the sixteen steps for a character to qualify as a hero. Some people wouldn’t consider Alice a hero, but I am starting to see the connection between her story and Joseph Campbell’s explanation.”
  • “The Peculiar Writing Style of Lewis Carroll”, Rivu D. Excerpt:  “I would say that this “unprofessional” style of writing that Carroll employs is what lets the story be more than just any other tale. It exudes energy throughout and makes the process of reading interesting.”
  • “Adventurous Alice”, Caroline M. Excerpt:  “Alice was introduced as a regular girl, bored of her routine life and wanting an invitation to something spectacular. The rabbit is her invitation, pulling her further into an unknown world which she is driven to explore.”
  • “Real Life Acting”, Caroline M. Excerpt: “Why is it that humans so easily want and grasp a new persona when presented with the opportunity? In Alice’s story she is presented a door to a new world where she can be anyone she wants with no expectations.”‘
  • “Alice:  The Stereotypical Girl”, Haley M. Excerpt: “Any adult reading this would know that a rabbit cannot talk, but Alice believes what she hears. Because children believe magical things can happen, they go along with it.”
  • “It’s Just a Talking Rabbit: Analysis of Chapter 1 (1 of 3)”, Keith C. Excerpt:  “What confuses me is that Alice did not think it strange, the rabbit talking in front of her. I know that she is young, but how can a talking animal seem “quite natural.””
  • “The Story Inside the Story”, Daniel L. Excerpt: “I always just thought that it was about a little girl that had an adventure in fairy-tale land. I never thought anything of it.”
  • “Double Meaning”, Hersh T. Excerpt:  “Similarly, if we do not understand all the references that Carroll is making, then we will not be able to fully enjoy the wit and mastery over language that he possesses.”
  • “Are ‘Two Persons’ Really Necessary?”, Katie R. Excerpt:  “She is still talking to herself and scolds herself to the point that she wants to cry again. Alice feels like she needs this sort of “second person” to give her useful advice to help her. But, this proves troublesome in a real life situation.”
  • “Analytical or Arbitrary?”, Gabriella B. Excerpt: “One wonders if Carroll intentionally wrote from the rather capricious and distracted perspective of a child or if the story flowed into that format without his conscious decision because that truly is his mindset/writing style. All at once one can see the more adult humor and wit interwoven into the story as well a Alice’s simplistic and childish mindset.”
  • “Are We Killing Literature?”, Deron M. Excerpt: “Are we destroying great literary works by over-analyzing them? Should we even analyze stories at all?”
  • “The Sleeping Beauty”, Benedikt K. Excerpt:  “Carroll uses these styles of writing to further lure us into the world he is creating. By subtly introducing the irrational, he can later go into more unrealistic actions without the reader having a repulsive reaction to the writing.”
  • “In Her Dreams”, Brendon O-L. Excerpt: “She can be dreaming or she can be awake. Did Dodgson and Carroll manipulate reality in Alice’s dreams? Or did Carroll create a new world all together not bound by the laws of physics?”
  • “Drugs in a Children’s Book?”, Brendon O-L. Excerpt:  “Drugs are a theme that Carroll brings up frequently in this scene, but why would he include this in book created to tease the minds of children?”
  • “Perplexing Nonsense”, Darcy S. Excerpt: “This was the most peculiar(for me) rabbit in chapter two. It had neon lights dangling from it head, and was dashing across the page like spider man. So, my question is: If the knowledge she knew from the real world is nonsense, does that mean the knowledge from the nonsense world is real?”
  • “More Than a Little White Rabbit (Version 1)”, Kierston R. Excerpt: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland explores a little girl’s adventures in a magical place that only the mind of a child could understand, but the question I want to answer is:  Why did she go down the rabbit hole in the first place?”
  • “First Thought?  Of Course I Ought! (Ch 1 part 1)”, Emma L. Excerpt:  “The dark references play a factor into whether or not Carroll is symbolizing evil or bad, or if Carroll is just stating the hole was too dark to see anything. This could also tie into the death references and/or the drug references. Could Alice be dreaming or could this be a hallucination or perhaps a concussion?”
  • “The Peculiarity of Thought”, Vivian H. Excerpt:  “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland highlight the mind of a child infused with quaint tales to capture the imagination. For children these trips provide the perfect vessel to fully explore the realm of childhood creativity, but beyond the simple bedtime story, the musings of a mathematician reveals its play with logic.”

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