Alice After Wonderland

Posted On December 4, 2009

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Now that the project has finally come to an end (for a short time), I find it fitting that one of my entries should be about the future.

After Alice was abruptly whisked out of Wonderland, she woke up on her sister’s lap. After this, she proceeded to tell her (Alice to her sister) about Wonderland. After Alice’s story, her sister tells her to run along and go to tea-time. The story then ends with Alice’s sister picturing what Wonderland must have been like.

While reading this, I asked myself many questions. I went from “How accurately did Alice’s sister picture Wonderland” to “What happened to Alice after Wonderland.”

The second question is what I will base this entry on.

After Alice ‘escaped’ Wonderland and made it back to reality, did she tell anyone other than her sister about her dream? I would presume so. She probably told all of her friends as well as her parents and relatives. She most likely even told Dinah. Everyone, however, probably lauged about it and made a smart remark about children and their imaginations (except for maybe Alice’s friends and Dinah).

I then began to wonder if she forgot about Wonderland. I thought about it for a moment and something dawned on me.

Lets just say Alice forgot about Wonderland. If she truly had forgotten about Wonderland, if she fell asleep and dreamed about another fantasy place, even if it wasn’t as quirky as Wonderland, that would be the new Wonderland she would remember.

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Note: Of course, I haven’t read Alice Through The Looking Glass and What She Found There, so I can’t really say anything. This is just another one of my thoughts to consider and ponder upon.

Would She Learn New Lessons the Next Time?

Posted On December 4, 2009

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When Alice was 10, she went through one of the most unusual journeys one has ever taken before. Her curiosity urged her to follow this little White Rabbit, that lead her to this large rabbit hole, where she fell through. She eventually landed in a world called Wonderland, a place where the air is filled with nonsense, the people are oddly misplaced, and everything is just so strange.

At first, Alice was very ignorant to her surroundings, and sometimes arrogent to others. But as she traveled further into Wonderland, Alice experienced things that made  her change in a way. She was given advice from a Caterpillar to find enlightenment, a Chesire-cat gave her new way to see things in a different view in the world, and an Ugly Duchess told her that morals are everywhere as long as we can find them. You can say that this adventure was like one big life lesson to her. Before Wonderland, Alice was ignorant to the world around her, and was needed to become more insightful. Now, she left Wonderland as a new person, with new knowledge that could last her a life time.

And so now I begin to wonder, what would it be like if she returned like 25 years into the future?

If she was to go back down, I see her to be more conscious of what would be going on. The lessons she learned before would make her next experience more enjoyable than the last. By then, maybe she would have an answer to the Mad Hatter’s riddle as well. But if she was to go back down a second time, would she learn anything new? The first time she went, Alice was taught life lessons that was to carry her throughout her life. But a second time around could give her even more insight than before. I would like to see another book written about her next adventure. Then maybe it can answer some things that were left unanswered in the last adventure.

In Conclusion

Posted On December 3, 2009

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The Alice Project is finally coming to a close momentarily, and we’ll all be able to get some good rest tonight (unless if one is in AP Euro).

I have to say that this was  probably the largest, most professional project I have ever done in school. Possibly even outside as well.

Mr. Long did an amazing job in organizing a way for students to become experts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and having fun blogging about it. And also I’m amazed of the qualitly of writing and thinking from my fellow peers. It was cool to see how everyone perceived things differently from each other, which I found very interesting.

I’m glad that our teacher has a brilliant mind to come up with such a project. I don’t know anyone else who would ever think of this. I see this new way of teaching becoming more universal in the near future. I’m glad I could be one of the first to be apart of it. But now that I look back on it, I wish I didn’t procrastinate as much as I have. I could have probably enjoyed the experience much more if that wasn’t an issue. But I know for next time to not put things as much off.

In all, this was a fabulous project and it really tested our knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity. For my closing thought, I would like to how next year’s students will react to this and see what new knowledge they bring to the table

The Island vs. Wonderland

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Wonderland is not like the Island. Not by a long shot. Want to know why? Read on…

This is another comparison between two novels we have read this year. My first one can be found here. In this entry, I will attempt to compare and contrast Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Just like my previous comparison, it is between a book that makes you question your lifestyle and personality (the Veldt/LotF) versus a childrens book (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). I will start of with the basics. Both stories are works of fiction. In both novels, the authors created their own environments. And let’s not forget, both stories have symbolism.

That is what I’m going to talk about. The symbolism in both stories could not be more different. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, there are occasional hints of symbolism here and there. The only major symbolic reference, in my opinion, was chapter two ‘The Caucus Race’. Every other symbolic reference after that is questionable. Not to mention the symbolism changes from chapter to chapter. Something that happens in chapter two is never again mentioned or revisited in chapter three. It’s like there is no ‘past’ in Wonderland. Only a present and a future.

In Lord of the Flies, however, the symbolism is straightforward. Once you realize the symbolic references, it becomes easier to understand the story and the meaning behind it. You also don’t have to over-analyze the story to get at what Golding is hinting at. Any symbolic reference from any chapter is revisited in the following chapters. On the island, there is a past, present, and future. On the island, what happened in the past affected the present which in turn affects the future. Nothing happens on the island without a reason behind it.

Perhaps this is the reason why I think analyzing Alice is questionable. There are no references that make me question my lifestlye or myself as a person.

I Mean Really, It’s a Children’s Book.

Posted On December 3, 2009

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My inspiration of this post comes from my comment on Kristin’s post, Do Annotations Ruin a Reader’s Own Discovery Process?

And so I shall like to start off by stating that over the years, there has been many scholars that have observed and annotated Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To me, quite frankly, I personally don’t like it all that much. Here’s an excerpt from my comment on Kristin’s post, telling how I feel about it:

[…]First off, there were WAY too many of them. Pretty much to the point where they would totally distract you from the story, which is kind of irritating to me. And second, most of them went into GREAT length in detail, and I think some were just plain irrelevant[…]

I just wonder why would we ever need to go into that much depth? I mean really, it’s a children’s book. Carroll might have thrown around some symbols and moral, within the story, but I highly doubt he meant to put that much symbolism in. And I’ll have to agree with Kristin again, we are left little to ‘discover’ or ‘note’ anything within since mostly everything has been annotated. The annotations have left nothing for readers to analyze, and those who are avid readers can’t enjoy the book anymore.

We should have listened to Mr. Gilbert K. Chesterton. He pleaded to us that if Alice is over-analyzed, the story would dull and uninteresting. So, my opinion is, we probably shouldn’t have read The Annotated Alice, because I feel that we couldn’t learn all that much from it. I liked the way we analyzed Lord of the Flies, because we were improving our research and analysis skills that will help us in the future.

Vegas is the New Wonderland?

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Vegas is Wonderland? Funny, I know. But I can explain:

Today, while I was logging into WordPress, I saw an interesting article on the homepage. This article was about the “new” ‘Alice in Wonderland’ television show set to premier this Sunday (Dec. 6th) on the SyFy channel. With a movie coming out you’d think the producers would hold off on a show, right? Wrong. This isn’t your typical interpretation of the story. In this story, Alice is an adult. She also lacks the blonde hair you see in most variations. In this story, Wonderland isn’t a mystical realm of possibilities. Wonderland, instead is a Casino. The casino is described as “a casino that provides prisoners with constant amusement so their emotions can be stripped away.

This makes me ask myself,

“Why would the casino (Wonderland) strip away emotions?”.

Then the answer dawned on me. In the beginning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice goes down the rabbit hole. When she gets to Wonderland, she is confused about who she is. It’s almost like the environment around her is stripping her of the ability to keep her feelings and emotions in check. It also seems like Wonderland itself is taking Alice’s identity. Another part of the phrase that caught my attention was prisoners. I laughed at the though of prisoners in Wonderland but then I stopped myself and thought about it for awhile. Alice herself is a prisoner in her own dreamland. The exact same dreamland that is stripping her identity.

So far, from what I’ve read in this article, this interpretation could work very nicely. I’m curious to see how it will all play out.

You can find a link to the article here.

Team Discussion On CoverItLive

Posted On December 3, 2009

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The group had a brief discussion over analyzing  “The Annotated Alice”, and our opinions before and after reading it. You can find it here.

www.wonderland.com

Posted On December 3, 2009

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We all must thank Al Gore for “inventing” the Internet, because if we didn’t have it today, I probably wouldn’t be doing this blog right now. The internet has opened many opportunities for us, as a society, and has given us new ways to do things, that we couldn’t do like 50 years ago. For instance, we can now directly collaborate with other people around the world, via webcam, IMing, or whatever. Shopping doesn’t all have to be done at stores now. You could just go to the store’s website. Twittering is the latest craze now.

Even Mr. Long does it!

But the Internet, or computer, hasn’t just been used for those reasons. There are THOUSANDS of other reasons how the Internet has contributed to our society. Today, almost everything is being revolved around the Internet. We’re living in an era where information is being harvested at an unbelievable rate. Because of this, we live in what we call the Information Age. It’s hard to think how vast and wide the Internet has become in such a short time period. “Surfing the web” could be oh so confusing to one who is very unfamiliar to it. I guess you could relate that to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, because she too is lost and confused in an unfamiliar.

I wonder what Lewis Carroll would think about this? What if we took him out of his era, and introduce him to modern society? Do you think he would write another story about Alice surfing the web?

The Path to Enlightenment

Posted On December 3, 2009

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As I have seen throughout all of the other Alice Projects, everyone has made it perfectly clear that drugs are very present within Carroll’s story. Also, many are arguing that this Carroll is setting a bad image for our children, and thinking that’s acceptable. Well, I can’t say that disagree with any of them, because in truth, it really is a bad image. This is probably one of the main turn offs why parents don’t choose to read this book to their children. We all know that children are very impressionable, and by showing that to them, they probably assume it’s alright to use drugs. And I agree with everyone that it isn’t right to present this idea to children at such a young age. Plus, that still doesn’t mean it’s alright for adults to use them either. It’s probably even worse, because adults are more aware of the disastrous consequences that lay at hand. So I ask a question to myself,

Was it necessary for Carroll to reference drugs in developing Alice’s adventure through Wonderland?

I actually believe that it was necessary. Part of my comment, on Derek’s post, The Crazy Caterpillar, talks about how the Caterpillar, and the smoking of a hookah, isn’t all that bad. In fact, the scene with Alice and the Caterpillar was probably vital to the real reason of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Which I explained in one of my earlier posts, A Moral From Within: Finally Revealed! But before I elaborate anymore, here is an excerpt from my comment on Derek’s post:

Let’s take a step back for second and ponder a bit. In some cultures, using drugs, like smoking a hookah or peace pipe, has been a way of escaping reality for a period time. It’s mainly done in religious, or spiritual acts.

I think that Carroll never meant the drugs really as a bad things, nor the Caterpillar. I see Carroll symbolizing the Caterpillar as a sage, or guru, in the story. When the Caterpillar was smoking its hookah, I believe he was trying to become “one with nature,” or finding inner peace with himself. And after achieving inner peace, he has become more calm and is able to concentrate on the deep meanings of life. Thus allowing him to reach to enlightenment. That’s how I perceive what a guru is. Also they act as a mentor, or guide, to others hoping that they can help enlighten another human being. Again, before I go into further detail, now involving Alice, I want to point out the mushroom the Caterpillar is sitting on, when we find him. In reality, that would probably identified as psilocybin mushroom, or to some a “magic mushroom.” When eaten, it puts the consumer into a trance, or hallucinogenic state. This is just another one of those symbols, Carroll used to enhance his reasoning with the Caterpillar.

And so, when Alice first approached the Caterpillar, she looked all lost and confused. So the Caterpillar took it upon himself, to help guide her into finding who she really is. In the conversation, between the two, he asked multiple times to Alice “Who are you?”  This was supposed to help start guiding her to an enlightenment, however she was arrogant to him, only making the conversation seem worthless.

To end this post, I ask you if the Caterpillar was to give you advice, would you want to listen? Why or why not?

My Two Mile Journey

Posted On December 3, 2009

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It’s the last day of the Alice Project and it’s be a very stressing, long ride. I’ve developed greatly over the course of the project and brought my thought to a new level. I started the project at 5′ 9″, and now I’m pretty sure I’m “nearly two miles high”.  

When this project started, I was very calm about the process and just kind of relaxed. During the first week I had only one post while others had many. I just thought to myself, “these over-achievers are just going crazy and I’ll get there”, I didn’t think I needed to worry. 3 weeks in and I only had 2 posts. For some reason I still thought this was ok, but no it wasn’t. I was sipping the “DRINK ME” potion and It tasted so good. Not having to blog work, focusing on less important things, and really not doing anything at all. I got to chill out and relax even though I knew something had to have been wrong.

It was now the fourth week of the project. 3 blogs with two weeks left. “Mommy, problem.” I can’t remember how many times I said that as a kid and it was going to happen again.  I needed to step up what I’m doing and change the way I work. My writing was not up to par with what I usually do. I knew I needed to focus and now was the time. This was the point where I stopping drinking the potion and started eating the “EAT ME” cake.

Two days after I ate my cake. Two days later, I had 8 blogs. This felt so good. I felt accomplished and I knew I was thinking about Alice on a higher level now and developing new ideas, and they were good too.  At this point I was about a mile high. I had to control myself though. I was so tempted to stop watch some football and play video games and go back into the fridge and start drinking the potion again. And I broke down…

Why did Microsoft make the Xbox 360? O, why? To keep me down haha. I’m down to about a half mile right now but I’ll be back. I just need to get the potion out of my system.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009:

Time to get going again 3 blogs to go. Time to see if I can do what I did in 4 weeks in one night haha. Did I? Yes. This is proof of how much I grew over this process. Not only did I improve my knowledge of Alice, but I improved work habits. I’m at a mile and a half and there isn’t any stopping me now.

Thursday December 3, 2009:

Well we’re back where we started. It’s been a long road, but I’ve made. I’m a little dehydrated and I’ve put on a little weight from the cake but that’s alright. I’m about a mile and three-quarters and after I get a couple of comments, I’ll be “two miles high”.

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