The "Alice Project"

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

Day 6 Recommendations November 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christian Long @ 10:47 am

The following are a few student posts that caught my eye on Day 6 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.

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Team #1

Team #2

Team #3

  • “The Rabbit’s Watch”, Vance L. Excerpt: “In The Annotated Alice I find that Carroll toys around with time to suit his storytelling needs, but what other meaning, what adult meaning, can we find enveloped in the text? The Rabbit, bearing his fancy coat and pocketwatch rushes along paying no heed to Alice, worrying if he will be late. Connecting this to us, do we often rush along in life working and worrying? In turn, are we missing out on the beauty and joy to be in found in something so innocent as children, as Alice?”
  • “Nerds and Jocks: Balance Analysis”, Vance L. Excerpt:  “Alice’s analysis between her primary school friends and herself reveals an interesting topic of human growth and development. This is an absolute that I think we determine about ourselves at some point in our separate lives, but until that point has been ingrained into us.”
  • “Childhood is a Choice”, Vance L. Excerpt:  “I found something interesting in a sentence of Deron Molen’s in his blog post “Has Childhood Passed Us By”. This is both a response to his post and a posing of my own questions and feelings.”
  • “Of Regrets and Parallel Universes”, Alex F. Excerpt: “It’s a very head-achy thing to think about. But here again Alice is stumbling upon questions that even philosophers and scientists have yet to find an answer to.”
  • “The Mind of a Story”, Alex F. Excerpt:  “If you think about it, the fall down the hole can represent the fall into madness. She’s gone from a perfectly normal and average life that she’s bored with, and suddenly is falling down a tunnel where nothing makes sense and is like a fantasy land. Then she lands and meets one of the first character traits; Worry.”

Team #4

  • “When You Mix a Cup of Carroll with a Dash of Disney…”, Kyle M. Excerpt: “One would be hard pressed to dispute the notion that Walt Disney and Lewis Carroll were amongst the most influential figures in the history of ‘children’s’ entertainment. Carroll was the twisted writer behind the classical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Walt Disney hardly warrants any introduction: his iconic characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, remain cornerstones of American popular culture over sixty years after their inception. The similarities between the men extend far beyond their popularity; for example, they both had a tendency to ‘push the envelope’ in terms of content in their ‘family-friendly’ work, with Disney’s feature films consistently dealing with the idea of death (Bambi certainly comes to mind) and Carroll’s Alice irreverently making light of said concept on numerous instances (such as when Alice remarks about “going out like a candle” [Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, page 17]).”

Team #5 — “Behind the Curtain”

  • “The Paradox”, Rivu D. Excerpt: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland falls under the genre “literary nonsense”. The word nonsense describes the book perfectly, and it relates to Carroll in an interesting way. When one thinks of the opposite of the word nonsense, the first thing that will most likely come to mind is something that makes sense, or something logical. It just so happens that Lewis Carroll was a logician. The fact that a logician would write a book about something illogical is somewhat of a paradox, something that contradicts itself. But why would a logician write about a world without logic?”
  • “Wake Up, Alice: Part 2”, Rivu D. Excerpt:  “The following blog post will be better understood if the reader has watched and remembers the content of The Matrix Trilogy. It looks at how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland influenced the incredible success of the first part of the trilogy, and how the latter two parts of the trilogy seemingly lose the influence, and the philosophies of all the works.”

Team #6 — “Our Own Wonderland”

  • “A New Take on a Multi-Dimensional Alice”, Kristen K. Excerpt:  “Katherine Harris’s post, “What is the Use of a Book Without Pictures or Conversations?” and Meighan A.’s comment added another dimension to how I view Alice as ‘two people’. Specifically, take Meighan’s comment regarding Alice pretending to be two people: ‘However, like you said, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written for two different audiences. Perhaps it is for the child-reader to relate with, and the adult-reader to base assumptions off of.’ Could Carroll in fact be providing ‘two people’ in his protagonist because he intended the story to be read by two different audiences, both children and adults?”
  • “Adult Lessons Laced with Whimsy”, Kristen K. Excerpt:  “Why did Carroll edit his original manuscript? Of course there is the possibility that he believed the jokes were too private for other readers to understand, but another possibility is that Carroll wanted to spread an adult message through a children’s book. Perhaps Carroll wanted the adults that read his story to their children to be benefitted just as much as the children.”

Team #7

Team #8

Team #9

  • “We’ve All Got a Little of Our Parents in Us”, Beth A. Excerpt:  “I found it quite interesting when I read the notes about Alice’s size transformations. According to Gardner, when Alice is small, that is the small child that Carroll is in love with, and the larger Alice represents the young woman she would become. Well, I also thought it was interesting that Alice was scolding herself when she was crying. She is telling herself that she shouldn’t be crying and almost being the parent to herself.”
  • “Digging for Deeper Meanings”, Deron M. Excerpt:  “A major theme in many of our beloved fables and fairytales is simple: just stay alive and don’t make a stupid mistake. The reason there are children’s stories at all is that when we are young, our minds are easily molded. Why not present a dark, scary message in a way that everyone feels all warm inside when the protagonist lives “happily ever after.””
  • “Alice in Puberty”, Benedikt K. Excerpt:  “While growing, we are unsure of what we are, like Alice who asks for the nature of existence and who she really is. We must identify ourselves with something, else we know neither our place nor what we should do. Alice experiences something similar. She identifies herself with what she knows, or rather what she used to know and has now changed. From the multiplication table perceived in different bases (something I was very disappointed to see mentioned in the notes, if simply for the reason that it was my first idea of writing a blog post after reading chapter two) to her distorted sense of Geography, she, along with what she knows, has changed. With her growing, her perception of the world has changed.”
  • “CoverItLive (Chat) Session #2”, various members of the team. Excerpt:  “This is our second ‘chat’ session using CoverItLive. If you’d like to see what we discussed the first time we tried this ‘live blogging’ tool, go here.  A couple of things about today’s talk:  We talked about our interpretations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , in particular about the class references and symbolism Carroll uses.  Note: Please notice that Elizabeth and Gabriella apparently couldn’t make the session, presumably because I didn’t send out invites way ahead of time as I had prior to Friday’s session.”

Team #10 — “Welcome to Wonderland”

  • “What is the Difference?”, Brendon O-L. Excerpt:  “The child within is put into a ‘cage’, so to speak. The child can only be released, when adults consider the exceptions and believe in their dreams once again. Their inner child is there. It just needs to be let out of the ‘cage’, that it has been put in to.  To everyone who is reading this, let your inner child out of the ‘cage.’”
  • “An Expansion on ‘Dissection'”, Rachel M. Excerpt:  “In Regards to “Dissection“, I agree with Rachel L. She stated “that the story should be read as intended, just a story for children” and that “most average people would probably not think of all the social and intellectual implications unless prompted to do so.”  In addition to that, I thought I would note that The Annotated Alice bothers me. The side notes make me feel like I’m reading the Bible.”

Team #11 — “Alice’s Deck of Cards”

Team #12

Team #13

  • “Curiosity Killed the Cat…or Did It?”, Kathy B.  Excerpt:  “For small children, everything is an adventure, a mystery awaiting discovery. Children are so vulnerable because not only is their curiosity piqued by the most seemingly meaningless things, they possess that youthful innocence that prevents them from seeing the danger or risk in chasing those “rabbits” of interest. Carroll is playing with the idea that children will see something new and fascinating and start chasing it, but they never worry about the consequences of the chase.”
  • “A Dodo is a Dodo, is a Dodo, is a Dodo”, Kathy B. Excerpt:  “In reading the annotated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, many references and analyses have come to my attention. The only problem is, I have no idea as to why some of them are relevant or important…I would be more than happy to admit that I am wrong and write about the brilliance of the dodo bird reference, but I am just not seeing it yet.”
  • “Step Aside, Einstein”, Kathy B. Excerpt:  “As many of my peers have already eloquently stated, conversely from adults, who trust only logic and evidence when deciding if something is fact or fiction, children are very susceptible to believing in the impossible.  My question is:  Is there such thing as the impossible?”
  • “What’s the Use?”, Susan C. Excerpt: “In the opening paragraph of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice looks over her sister’s shoulder at her book and wonders, “…and what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?” Little children everywhere wonder this very thing.”
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