Carroll Ruins Dreams, Not Nightmares

Posted On December 3, 2009

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For everyone’s information, I took the name of the song “I Ruin Dreams, Not Nightmares” by a band, Watchout! Theres Ghosts, and changed it to fit my post. Also, I would like to add that the lyrics have nothing to do with I’m about to write, and I chose this name because I think it sounds kinda cool and interesting. So now on to my post…

Carroll does, in fact, ruin dreams! Not only does he ruin Alice’s adventures, in Wonderland, by waking her up from a dream, but he pretty much spoils the entire book. I was really disappointed to find out that this was the ending of the book. I can see this is probably very irritating to other readers. And wouldn’t you think, that a guy like Lewis Carroll, could have done SO much more, than what he did? It would have been so much more interesting and entertaining to see Alice find a real way back to reality. Not just by waking up from a silly dream. In Hersh’s post, Dream Ending? Oh Please., he brought up a very good question:

“Why do authors do that?”

Why? It’s not that exciting when authors do that. I think by actually ending so, the quality of their story has goes down considerably. One reason, we already know their writing style a little bit, since we’ve just read their story, and to end in such a way, one could interpret as probably an insult. Of course, the author wouldn’t want to insult their readers, but to some he could be saying we’re incapable of understanding what could of happened next. And to just add one more commentary, the author’s writing strength isn’t as strong ,so his worked would be deemed lower than what it could have been all along. My second reason is, why stop a masterpiece when you’ve nearly completed it? Carroll was clever and intricate in his writing, which made the story ever more interesting and insightful. So it bothers me why he made such a decision. Was he hiding something from us? Or even protecting himself something? Whatever it may be, his choice of ending has shown that he would rather put off his irrational ways of thinking for a safer time, in hopes that it won’t damage his ingenious story. Here’s an excerpt from my comment on his post, telling why I think Carroll, and as well as other authors, end such a story:

“My theory is that authors aren’t necessarily trying to protect, and reassert, our straightforward and rational minds, but they are afraid. Afraid of either making the story too controversial, so radical that the story isn’t worth reading anymore, or what lies next for the character. What is the next chapter?”

Also, Hersh brought up another good, interesting point in his post. When authors are creating, or writing, their story, they often begin with knowing they wish to create. However, sometimes when creating a masterpiece, the artwork starts to take a life of its own, and often throw the write off course from their true goal. This probably happened with Carroll. At first, he had dream of writing a novel a children’s novel for Alice, who was very dear to him. His dream of writing a children’s book was being fulfiled, but as time progressed, his dream had started becoming of less than what he dreamnt of. His writing abilities were starting to take control over his mind, which thus making his dream into a nightmare. By the time he finishing, Carroll was scared what was to happen next to Alice, so he just stopped her journey by awakening to a dream.


New Perspective

Posted On December 3, 2009

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All throughout the wonderful story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll unveils many phrases, or riddles, and characters, that would seem to befuddle and bewilder your senses till you practically go mad as a Hatter. It’s quite amusing and confusing, all at once!  In reality, all of this would be considered completely absurd and outrageous, and to some this is utter insanity. However, in a imaginary world, all would be normal. Normal being that sanity is loony, the color blue is actually the color yellow, or that the first letter of the alphabet is W. This may all seem very confusing, at first to someone different, but would eventually make more sense

But was it really so confusing? What if it was actually all really simple?

In truth, everything is really simple. All of what Carroll throws at us is all fairly simple. The only reason to not understand any of it is because we’re too ignorant, and have never dared to try look at things from another perspective. We’re so use to only looking at the things one way, that we fail to remember that there is another side . So when Alice was in Wonderland, Everything was so topsy-turvy and twisty-twirvy to her. But to the rest of the people of Wonderland, all their nonsense made sense. It’s just a matter of Alice learning to see different side of view. And I think that’s what Carroll has been trying to suggest. One needs to just pause for a moment and to think about how view things from a new perspective.

The Journey So Far

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Hero’s Journey Steps

Hero’s Journey Pt. I

Hero’s Journey Pt. II

Hero’s Journey Pt. III

Hero’s Journey Pt: IV

In this entry, I am just trying to get everyone caught up on where we are and provide an overall summary of what the steps mean and how they apply to Alice.

*Note* The steps are not in order of occurrence *Note*

We start of with step one, ‘the call to adventure’. Alice received the call to adventure early in chapter one. If you were to pinpoint the exact time she received the call to adventure, it would be the moment she saw White Rabbit. It would have to be this specific part because if she would have never seen White Rabbit, she would have never found the rabbit hole.

Now we move on the step two, ‘refusal of the call’.  To me, there is no refusal of the call. Some of my classmates seem to disagree. Me and Emma L. had a short discussion on one her her blogs about it. You can read that here.

On the very same entry (Emma L.’s), we briefly discussed the third step of the hero’s journey, better known as ‘supernatural aid’. I believed that Alice’s supernatural aid for a majority of the time was White Rabbit, but my perception of this changed after I finished the book, but this is only a summary of chapters one and two – so forget about my changed perception.

On the exact same blog listed above (Emma L.’s), I discussed where Alice began step number four, or the crossing of the first threshold. The crossing of the first threshold symbolizes the point at which the hero (Alice) cannot return back to the normal world until they complete the journey. I believe Alice crossed the first threshold when she began falling down the rabbit hole and completed the crossing when she landed in Wonderland.

The fifth step, or ‘the rebirth’, is also a debatable aspect. I  believe Alice had multiple ‘rebirths’. Especially when she is confused about her identity and she begins to ask herself questions about who she is and who she isn’t. A good blog entry about this, written by Brendon O-L can be found here.

Step six, also known as ‘the road of trials’ begins in chapter two as soon as she loses track of White Rabbit. Once White Rabbit is gone, Alice must find her own way about Wonderland. Her trails included finding a way out of a long corridor and getting into a garden.

Step ten is ‘apotheosis’ which basically means ‘dream, trance, or hallucination’. Alice dreams while she is falling down the rabbit hole. She dreams that she is talking to her cat about eating bats, but before her cat can answer, she lands in Wonderland with a thump! thump! thump!

This concludes the summary of the steps so far (Chapters 1 and 2). If you have any questions or have anything you want to talk about, feel free to leave your comment in the comment box.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Yet another song title. People have good titles and the way Carroll wrote this book they can apply to Alice in any form.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Sure it’s the most wonderful time of the year here on Earth, but what about in Wonderland? Is it always this crazy or has Alice cause this commotion. I’m not sure, but here’s what I think.

Alice had a major impact on the events in Wonderland. Of course Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland would be absolutely nothing without its main character. Haha it would only be Adventures in Wonderland. Wait a minute. That doesn’t sound like a bad idea, huh? Well even if it does, I’m going with it.

Wonderland doesn’t really need Alice does it? I mean, there’s still that creepy cat, Crazy Queen, and Melancholy Mock, right? I guess we can still have a caucus-race without her. It still makes for a great story, right? I mean sure she’s the center of an important trial but we don’t really need her right?

No Alice in Wonderland. Uh oh. Just when I thought it was a good idea, I was wrong. What is Wonderland without something special or wonderful. Nothing. Without anything unique, everything becomes mundane. As long as a world stays the same, you get used to everything and it all becomes a bore. Wonderland without Alice, is like Alphabet Soup without the Alphabet, eh. She makes Wonderland, Wonderland. Her name really should be “Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonder”, because without her all the story would be about is land. And I don’t know about you but I don’t find atlases the very bit interesting. 

After this post I hope you believe that you would rather drop a book with no Alice, and go with the following:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the Turtle retelling
And everyone telling you “Alice is here”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Don’t Leave Me

Posted On December 3, 2009

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We’re all starting to come of age now. It’s part of the natural process, in life, that we must face to in order to become who we are for the rest our days on Earth. And most of our parents still think that we’re the same 5 year-old version of ourselves, and want us to be as close them as possible. The day is coming too quickly, for all of us, that we’ll be graduating and be off to college. Parents are afraid of us leaving them and possibly never returning home, not even to visit. So they cling onto, and implying, to us that are wanting us to stay home longer. However, we can’t stop growing up, it’s apart of life. With time, we become more mature and independent than we use to be. And eventually, the time will come that our parents will have to realize that we’re no longer a child, even though we technically still are, and we are to start our own lives.

In Ch. 4, of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll expresses this type of relationship when Alice is going through the different size changes, in the White Rabbit’s house. We know, from the annotations, Carroll had always wanted to be close to Alice Liddell, because he feelings for her. However he knew that he couldn’t be close to her foever, because she’ll eventually grow up and leave. Here’s an excerpt from my comment on Alex Dolabi’s, Growing Pains:

Back in Carroll’s era, girls were likely to be considered as ladies, or young women, when they came of the age of around 13 or 15. So while Carroll was writing this story, he must have paused for a moment and pondered what was to happen to little Alice when she came of age? He was in fear of losing her, as child, and becoming an independent person. All Carroll wanted was for Alice to close him.

When Alice started to drink the bottle off the Rabbit’s table, she started to grow rapidly once more. She grew so big that she had to be on her knees and elbows just fit, and not crashing through the roof. Metaphorically speaking, Alice was maturing so fast, to Carroll, he feared that she’ll become independent and move away from him. However, she wasn’t fully independent yet, hence why Carroll didn’t write Alice going through the roof. If Alice did break through, that would have meant Alice Liddell had become to independent and free to do anything. But Carroll didn’t like that, so when Alice shrank back down, Carroll was symbolizing that he doesn’t want her to leave him yet, and that she is still a little girl.

Hero’s Journey Analysis Pt. IV

Posted On December 3, 2009

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This entry is a continuation of my Hero’s Journey Series
Part I
Part II
Part III
Hero’s Steps

Alice has landed in Wonderland. She lost track of White Rabbit and she was stuck in a long hallway with doors along each wall. After awhile, she found a tiny, golden key on a three stool table made of glass. After attempting to open the normal doors with the key (and failing) Alice finds a small door behind a curtain. To Alice’s delight, the key fit in perfectly. This is where we will continue from.

After Alice puts the key in and opens the door, she knelt down looked along a small passage that wasn’t much larger than a rat hole. To her surprise there was a garden. This wasn’t an average run of the mill garden, either. It is described as “the loveliest garden you ever saw.” Just the mere sight of this garden completely distracted Alice from her overall goal of getting out. It distracted her so much she wanted to go through the tiny door and “wander among [the] beds of bright flowers and [the] cool fountains.” This wouldn’t really work because she obviously couldn’t fit. Sadly, she walked back to the glass table hoping she would find another key or a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes. When she gets to the table, she finds a little bottle with a tag reading “DRINK ME”. Before Alice drinks the elixir, she checks to make sure it is not labeled poison. When she realizes it isn’t, she quickly drinks it. Suddenly, she shut up like a telescope. This would have been a good thing if she hadn’t left the key on the table. Now Alice is faced with another challenge. Now she must find another way to grow taller and get the key off of the table. She saw a glass box and when she opened it it had a very small cake. Written on the cake were the words “EAT ME”, beautifully written in currants. After she ate the cake, she grew. She didn’t grow smaller, if that is what you are thinking. She grew taller. She grew so tall she ended up being taller than she was before landing in Wonderland. She took the key and ran to the garden door, but getting in was more hopeless than ever. Because of this, she began to cry.

This entire part of chapter 2 (the first half) can be viewed from many different viewpoints. No matter how you look at it, however, you cannot deny the fact that this is the beginning of Alice’s road of trials (hero’s journey step number 6). This is where all of Alice’s troubles in Wonderland begin. If Alice wants to get out of, or get closer to finding a way out of Wonderland, she must first conquer these challenges and any more that might hinder her escape.

Easy Way Out

Posted On December 3, 2009

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Many authors don’t make ‘actual’ endings to their works. They abruptly end the story as a ‘dream’ or a ‘hallucination’. It’s almost like that author does not want to be questioned about his writings nor does the writer want to explain his writings and how he came up with them so he just claims everything as a dream and takes the easy way out.
I know a lot of people had a problem with the ending Carroll wrote. I am one of those people. Many of my classmates seem to have problems with it, too. Brittany M. and Hersh T. seem to agree with me as well. They both state that writers introduce us to fantasy worlds. But not just regular fantasy worlds. These fantasy worlds are magical and quirky worlds where anything can happen. They then throw in some funny characters with eccentric attitudes and random (but captivating) happenings. Once the hero gets into the fantasy world, everything seems so very real. Everything seems like reality, and the writer makes it so it is hard to distinguish the two (fantasy and reality). After the hero has done a few things here and there, the writer puts him or her in a dangerous or possibly harmful position. Before anything truly bad can happen, the hero is snatched out of the fantasy world somehow. In this case, Alice is the hero and she wakes up before a deck of flying cards hit her.

But what makes writers want to do this? What would make a writer possibly want to destroy the  complex, amazing world that took him so long to create? Especially Carroll. Why would he take so much time writing a story – a good one at that – ad then totally trashing it?

I also don’t like how the writer (Carroll) builds up suspense and then stops the story before anything great can happen. I really wanted to find out what happened to Alice after she was attacked by the flying cards. Carroll could have at least had Alice wake up after the flying card incident. I know it is not my story, but is that too much to ask for?

Poker Face

Posted On December 3, 2009

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No I don’t like using song titles as titles. I just use common phrases that get turned into song titles. If I have once again mislead you into thinking that Lady Gaga was gonna be in this entry, sorry. If you’re into that kind of stuff go here.  But I’m into blogs and if you are too, you should keep reading. 🙂

Now I will continue onto the true Poker Face.

Lady Gaga in Alice? No, I already answered that. Poker in Alice? Ehh, kinda.

As I was reading chapters 8, and 11-12, I was truly introduced to the power and the might that a bluff has on someone. “Now who am I speaking of?”, you may ask. The King and Queen of Hearts. These two characters combined strike fear into the hearts of the many. Maybe that’s why they’re of Hearts, because they control the inhabitants of Wonderland’s. But that isn’t what this entry is about. These two ‘leaders’ control Wonderland but with what. They do nothing but act like they will execute you if you do anything against them. But have they ever done anything? No. I believe that the king and queen would also make great poker players. If they can control all the beings of Wonderland, what are a few cards to them.  This could also be why they’re cards and not humans, or lions, or any other creature that we could see in power.

When I think cards, I think of games like poker and also magic tricks. What’s involved in both? Trickery and deception. What tools do the King and Queen use to control Wonderland? Trickery and Deception. Maybe this is what Carroll thought of when he thought about cards. He created this government of bluffing to control Wonderland. And, what has a better poker face, than a playing card.

My Journey Through Wonderland

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My journey through Wonderland was one of great success, failure, perseverance, confusion, learning, and  fun.

Since my journey through Wonderland is coming to an end, I find it fitting one of my last blogs should be about the actual “Alice Project”. Before I this project, I had never read Alice. Heck, I hadn’t even seen the movie. The entire thought of me working together with four other people about a topic I had never experienced was frightening. I have to admit that I was a little fearful until Mr. Long put me in a group with people I felt comfortable around. As we began, we were a little unorganized because there were people in our group who had seen the movie multiple times. Others only knew of certain characters or parts in the movie. Coming into this project, the only thing I knew about was ‘the unbirthday’ scene in the movie which isn’t even mentioned in the book. But we all helped each other with understanding the story. We even helped each other with formulating blog entry ideas , which was really hard at times.

I also enjoyed commenting on other groups’ blogs and talking about the story and all of it’s aspects after school. By having multiple teams all working on the same project, everybody was able to catch a glimpse of the different thought processes put into each blog. I also liked having the ability to see all the different viewpoints of a confusing aspect of the story (like the ‘supernatural aid’ step of the hero’s journey). By seeing all the viewpoints and comparing them, I was able to strengthen my understanding of the story. I believe this entire project strengthened our friendships, analytical abilities, and writing skills. Even though there were many rough spots, and on many occasions  I questioned our intentions, I had fun on my journey through Wonderland. Did you?

A Moral From Within: Finally Revealed!

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So, we just got back our in-class essays today, and at first I was scared of what I was about to receive, hence that I assumed that I thought I completely bombed it. However, apparently I was actually able to get my point across in a logical way that my paper can be taken seriously. This made me happy 🙂

The main focus of the essay was over one, of the many, morals that the Duchess has found, and explain how it relates to Alice’s adventure through Wonderland (thus far up to Ch. 9). To me, most of her morals didn’t really make sense to me. Like “ ‘Tis love, ’tis love, that makes the world go round,” or  “Birds of a feather must flock together.” Reading again time after time still lead me no where. Until I found this one particular moral she brought up.

“Be what you would seem to be

I like this one because I can understand it easier than the rest, and also I’ve figured out that this can be applied to Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. I believe, what the Duchess means, that you should want to be seen by others as you want them to see you. For my essay, I gave it the title “A Moral From Within,” meaning that the Duchess’s moral is to be found within Alice’s adventure, and for her to come to an epiphany in realizing who she really is. Here is my introductory paragraph for everyone to see:

In Chapter 9, the Duchess finds lots of morals in many things. One of her many morals, that she has shared with Alice, is “be what you would seem to be” (pg. 93). One could look that this one particular moral is part of the reason why Alice is wandering through Wonderland. Although she, herself doesn’t know, the meaning of her adventures is to find out who she really is.

So to wrap up my entire essay in a tiny nutshell, I basically explained my supposition on how Alice comes to find herself from all the various experiences she’s witnessed throughout the journey in Wonderland. And as I am explaining that, I’ve picked out different quotes and references that help support my theory and to show the symbolism, that Carroll has most likely suggested, behind some of the encounters. Like the changing of sizes, the caterpillar, or even the Cheshire-cat. Those were all intended to help guide her in reaching her long-awaiting epiphany.

Also, I specifically named this post as A Moral From Within: Finally Revealed! because I haven’t fully finished my conclusion, and I would like to take this time to finish my closing thoughts. So please bear with me on this:

For the most part, Alice’s journey was way to give her a chance to finally see a different side of things. At first, she was a young, arrogant girl who thought she knew mostly everything. However, because of the various experiences and encounters, in Wonderland, her ways of thinking and perceiving have been dramatically altered, to only give her greater insight in life. Thus making Alice more conscious of the world, and herself.

If you want to elaborate, more of my essay than what I’ve posted, feel free to ask me. Now since you have just finished reading over my thoughts, I would like to know your opinion whether this moral could best describe her journey, or any of the other morals best describes her journey.  And why?

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