The "Alice Project"

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

Day 4 Recommendations October 31, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 1 of the Project — Christian Long @ 4:00 pm

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:

  • “I Am Me, Right?”, Alex F. Excerpt:  “Her as a character is taking on more of a hidden-philosopher type role. She doesn’t seem to realize that she’s just posed one of the most baffling questions in history, she just goes on trying to figure out if she’s become someone else. Because of course none of this could be happening to HER.”
  • “Eh, It’s Just a Rabbit”, Miles W. Excerpt:  “Then, when the rabbit pulls out a pocket watch, the story truly seems like a joking, childish story, that hides the darkness within this beloved “children’s” story. But the Rabbit serves a greater purpose in the story than only giving the reader a character to start off with.”
  • “What Do Alice’s Actions Say about Her?”, Meighan A. Excerpt:  “I think it may have to do with her being a child that causes her to be so visually drawn to things without considering any consequences that could arise. Then again, she could have a naturally carefree personality, and her age not matter at all.”
  • “Curiouser and Curiouser”, Jenna K. Excerpt:  “Are her strange thought patterns in these instances a result of the oddities that have occurred or are they the cause? Does this show how our thought processes and views on situations effect our actions?”
  • “Mad as Rabbits:  Panic at the Disco”, Abbie P. Excerpt:  “I noticed that Alice never really seems to care what shall happen to herself, but more of what is going to happen to other people. Whilst she’s falling down what seems to be an abyss at the time, she has not a care in the world other than what other people will think of her. Not once does she mention being worried about dying, but more so worried about killing someone else if she drops an empty jar of orange marmalade.”
  • “The Rabbit Hole”, Colton C. Excerpt:  “It seems to me that Lewis Carroll is playing with the laws of physics during her fall.”
  • “On the Topic of Falling”, Alex F.  Excerpt:  “Different people react to situations differently; some panic and freak out, some become very calm and logical as they asses the situation. Alice’s tactic is focusing on the little things that are happening right at that very moment, and her train of thought gets derailed with the slightest push. You’ll notice that she thinks very little of where she’s headed, and more on what others would think of what is happening in a very frank and distracted manner.”
  • “Dr. Seuss in Disguise”, Derek M. Excerpt:  “Once an author relinquishes their work into the world, they are allowing all of the various interpretations to be held and the modern day readers take advantage of this fact.”
  • “Down, Down, Down”, Sylvia A. Excerpt:  “As Alice falls deeper in her world of imagination, she believes in it more and more. She then stops being a spectator of these bizarre things, becoming involved as “the way of expecting nothing but out-of the-way things to happen” is the norm. She lives her life in this dream, but to Alice, is this really a dream at all?”
  • “Wake Up, Alice”, Rivu D. Excerpt:  “Both The Matrix and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have protagonists who are thrown into two different worlds as previously mentioned. For Alice, it is a dream world, or a wonderland, and for Thomas Anderson, or Neo, it is a separate world known as the matrix. This similarity sets the foundations for both works.”
  • “Real Life Acting”, Caroline M. Excerpt:  “In Chapter One it states that Alice was “…fond of pretending to be two people.” (p. 18) Alice, like many children, liked to play and act, but does it go further? Does she want to be someone else, does she want to be the person she is playing? When the invitation to another world, where she can be who she wants to be is made she takes it.”
  • “Alice: The Stereotypical Child”, Haley M. Excerpt:  “In a way, this is showing us how kids learn from their mistakes. Since they truly believe in anything, they will go with it and this can sometimes lead to problems. This is teaching us a lesson to think before we do something. Sadly, in the end of chapter one she is stuck at the bottom of the rabbit hole upset and confused.”
  • “Will This Fall Ever Be Over: Analysis of Chapter One (2 of 3)”, Lindsay R. Excerpt:  “Also Alice starts talking to herself again and also starts using big words like antipathies, which wasn’t the right word. The author also hints that Alice would be glad that there was no one listening so it didn’t sound like she was not smart. Alice wonders where she might come out of the hole. She wonders will she be in New Zealand or Australia and she tries to curtsy while she is falling, which you would think was not very possible.”
  • “Behind the Key and the Bottle:  Analysis of Chapter One (3 of 3)”, Alex D. Excerpt:  “The final idea that I stumbled upon was the realization that when the bottle asked Alice to drink it, she did so. Again, when the cake asked Alice to eat it, she did so. I saw Alice responding to all these demands as a representation of people following society’s rules; people tend to not act out because they think of what society would think of them. In this case, Alice did as society told, literally in an attempt to ‘fit in.'”
  • “Stepping Into Wonderland: Analysis of Chapter One”, Connor M. Excerpt:  “This may be the case with the strangeness concerning the hall of doors at the entrance to Wonderland. The rabbit is now gone, of course, concluding that he must have entered a door and been on his way. The whole concept, though, is to use irrationality to enter a door. This is another hint that this world is so different, for the past “real world” was full of rational thought.”
  • “Stages of Sensitivity”, Jackson H. Excerpt:  “We, the aware readers, who are not hot, sleepy, and stupid, are quick to notice that this is an extraordinary event. However, Alice has still not arrived at the conclusion that this is something to take note of. In this state of stupor, her “awareness level” has diminished severely, and is not comprehending the scenario. The rabbit has to remove a watch from its waistcoat pocket for the incredulity of the situation to dawn on Alice.”
  • “Will Alice Live to See Another Day?”, Katie R. Excerpt:  “At the same time, Alice is still relying on her sort of “second person.” When she starts to grow tall to the point where she can’t see her own feet, she starts acting like her feet are the “second person.””
  • “The Morbidity of Morals”, Gabriella B. Excerpt:  “How many of us have ever invested any time in the reading of the Children’s and Household Tales or far more recognizable to modern readers the Tales of the Brothers Grimm? Not to be mistaken with the lighthearted and magical stories from many a modern reader’s childhood the Tales Grimm are quite morbid and on the whole, not something one would usually recommend as a good children’s story. A very similar motif seems to be working its way into Alice.”
  • “May the Alice Be With You”, Benedikt K. Excerpt:  “Once we become adults, our own worlds very often still exist, but they are crippled by our own intelligence. We still perceive things differently from other people, but not in an interesting fashion. We are not creative, but simply different. And just because one is different, one is not necessarily useful.”
  • “Has Childhood Passed Us By?”, Deron M. Excerpt:  “This also plays back into my previous post on whether or not we are killing literature. Are adults eliminating our childhood? How are children nowadays supposed to hold on to their childhood innocence and act like adults at the same time?”
  • “Beneath the Surface of the Looking Glass”, Gabriella B. Excerpt:  “You reminisce and think fondly on the quaintness of it all but setting the book down walk away without a backward glance. But this is not true with Alice. Upon deeper reading how can any even begin to consider it a sweet but meaningless children’s story. So many darker references that easily overlooked by a child are noticed by an adult mind, make this story into an immortal piece of literature.”
  • “First CoverItLive Sesssion”, all of Team 9. Excerpt:  “We talked about our interpretations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and what Carroll attempted to create with this novel.  We also addressed some views we have on blogs and on layout. Feedback is appreciated greatly, be it to the ideas or the layout of the site.”
  • “Neoalicism”, Benedikt K. Excerpt: “So, like so many authors before, Carroll has finally arrived at the age-old question of whether we exist. Interestingly, he is able to package a thought process intriguingly similar to Descartes derivation of “Cogito ergo sum”. Alice concludes by simple exclusion, a logical principle that even a child can approach, that she must be Alice, and not anyone else. She may not put it this way, but the fact that she is wondering about her existence and her identity proves that and who she is, not her exclusion.”
  • “Possible Revelations on the White Rabbit”, Rachel M. Excerpt:  “As it turns out, rabbits are often a symbol of rebirth and are associated with spring. It is also a symbol of innocence, being helpless prey in nature. More strikingly, rabbits are often used as symbols of playful sexuality. This is attributed to the human understanding of innocence, as well as their prolific reproduction rate. Similarly, the color white also traditionally symbolizes purity.”
  • “Scientific Revolution”, Brendon O-L. Excerpt:  “Galileo and Newton proposed the law of inertia and the idea gravity during this time of scientific revelations. It does not take Dodgson long to include these ideas and concepts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, they are brought up in chapter one when Alice falls down the rabbit hole. She believes if she drops the jar labeled “ORANGE MARMALADE,” it will kill somebody below her. Galileo proved in his experiments that two object, no matter what the difference in weight is, accelerate at the same rate, thus they would hit the ground at the same time. This would mean that the jar would not fall, but rather be suspended in front of her.”
  • “Adults are Really Just Big Kids”, Brendon O-L. Excerpt:  “I was just reading posts and comments left on various blogs when I stumbled upon one of Deron’s posts (“Has Childhood Passed Us By?”). Right then, I had an epiphany. I finally understood what Carroll was trying to say about children and adults, although my thoughts contradict Deron’s. I do not believe Carroll is implying that children grow up too fast and become  ’mature’ adults; to me, it is the exact opposite: Adults are really kids.”
  • “Alice Gone Rock”, Devon H. Excerpt:  “In their video* there is this creepy little bunny thing that leads this girl through a “time warp”. The passage is through the bass guitarist. All of a sudden they are transported into this alternate world of color and cartoon. The rabbit leads this girl on a miniature journey to find the band. All the while you get to listen to a great song. Sounds like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, huh?”
  • “What Was Alice Thinking?”, Morgan P. Excerpt: “It seemed very strange to me that as Alice was falling down the rabbit hole, she was thinking about what her family would say when she returns home. If I were falling down a rabbit hole I would probably be worrying, but maybe that is just my anxiety.”
  • “The ‘Hero’s Journey’ of Alice”, Emma L. Excerpt:  “The road of trials I believe have been occurring sense she arrived into the hallway of doors. There are numerous tasks or signs that Alice sees and undergoes in the first three chapters. I wouldn’t say she “failed” the tasks but merely explored the outcomes of each which provide knowledge for her to use to her advantage in the future. These are in fact critical tasks for her to undergo her transformation.”
  • “First Thought?  Of Course I Ought! (Ch 2)”, Emma L. Excerpt:  “Adult wisdom vs. child innocence is a reoccurring theme thus far. From Alice’s thoughts about how people would portray her at home to feeling ashamed of herself whenever she is emotional conveys Alice’s struggle to conquer adolescence and discover the adult Alice within. During this struggle, many childhood elements still act as an aid to her which probably allows her to keep her sanity(how little of it she has left).”
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