Lessons Learned

As I was reading chapter five, I began thinking about the strangeness behind childrens’ stories.  Most children stories are focused around death. Why?

Then, when I thought about it, every story we hear or read teaches us a life lesson.

Maybe there is a point behind these deep, twisted stories.

In class, Mr Long told me that the story of Red Riding Hood was told to young girls to warn them of rape and molestation. I found that so interesting. The psychology behind all of these stories is amazing. Of course, it is easier to warn children through “clean” and “happy” stories.

This makes me wonder..What is the moral lesson of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland?

I haven’t finished the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but I can’t help but think that the odd characters along the way are there to help Alice. In class Shannon pointed out that the caterpillar reminded her of the fairy godmother in Cinderella. I loved that she said that. I completely agree with her. I can not explain why the character resembles the fairy godmother. It is something I will continue to think about.


2 Responses to “Lessons Learned”

  1. 1 Haley M.
    November 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I found this blog post very interesting. It is true how every children’s story is pretty twisted. To think that someone wrote a story centered around death or something usually not mentioned to kids, but they did it a childlike way like a fairytail land, or in this case “Wonderland”.

    You mentioned that what Shannon said about the caterpillar being similar to the fairy godmother in Cinderella. This confuses me just a little because in Cinderella the fairy godmother came to her and helped her out tremendously and was her guidance when she had no one to turn to. The caterpillar doesn’t exactly help Alice, she is only with him for a moment, and he sort of gets on her nerves so she doesn’t seem to like him.

    My question to you is, what traits are similar between the fairy godmother and the caterpillar that made you think this?

  2. 2 Shannon L.
    November 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I like that you posted this blog about our discussion we had that day in class. I also find it interesting that most children stories are centered around death, and that each have a life lesson. I think that this is because the only way most children will take in lessons is if they hear or read about one of their favorite characters going through these lessons. I also found that the Red Riding Hood story was intriguing. This is because like most children I had never thought of the actual meaning of the story. I am glad that you agree with me about the catipillar resembling the fairy god mother, and hope to have time to discuss this with you. I am currently working on a blog about the catipillar and the fairy god mother and when it is done I will let you know.

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