Archive for the 'Questions to Fellow Classmates' Category

03
Dec
09

If you could talk to Carroll…

Say you are walking down the street when all of a sudden you see Lewis Carroll walking the opposite direction. You stop him and say,

“Hi Mr. Carroll, I have read your Alice in Wonderland and I would just like to say…”

I want to hear what you would ask him or tell him. What do you think he would say in return?

I feel that if I saw him I would ask him where in the world he got his ideas for the story. What possessed him to write this type of stuff in a story for a little girl. Writing about these “crazy” people in Wonderland, and saying that she created it all herself. It was all a part of Alice’s imagination.

So think about it. What would you say to him if you saw him just walking down the street?

Also, what would you ask Alice Liddell if you could meet her? What were her thoughts on the story? Did she like it? Very curious…

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02
Dec
09

Power Hungry or Just Plain Mad?

As Alice is walking through Wonderland, she comes across the Queen of Hearts. The Queen is a very unusual person, and surprises Alice by screaming, “Off with their head!” almost every other sentence. The reasoning behind her constant demands are never really explained in the story, but I have come up with a few of my own theories.

It is quite clear that the Queen loves her power. She loves having control over everyone, and she loves that she can maintain that power with fear. It may seem on the outside that her almost barbaric shouts are just her being cruel and crazy.

Well, I pose this question to my fellow classmates, because I am honestly curious about what you think.

Do you think the Queen of Hearts was power-hungry or just plain mad?

What I mean is, do you think that everything she did was driven by the fact that she was scared of losing her power or was she just insane?

My personal opinion is that everything she did was because she was in such fear of losing her power. If you notice in the story that she only shouts, “Off with their head!” when the attention is not on her, and when people slightly forget their fear of her. She feels threatened by EVERYTHING. Alice is especially threatening because she is new to Wonderland, and she doesn’t “know the rules.” Alice gets the Queen quite upset because she replies to everything the Queen says with a comment, as opposed to everyone else who just lays down in fear and takes whatever she says.

So was she power-hungry or just plain mad?

27
Nov
09

The Third Witness

First I would like to say I really do have no idea what this trial is about. All I understand is that the Jack of Hearts (I think?) stole some candy from the Queen and she got very upset so she is holding a “trial” (trial is a very loose word, considering I don’t really see how the Jack is going to make it out of this one since he has no one on his side). So my first question would be, just to clear me up, “What is going on here?”

Next I find it very curious that Alice is a witness in all this. It’s not interesting to me that she is a witness but that the White Rabbit is the one that calls her to the stand. I went back and checked, and noticed that Alice’s name is not said at all throughout the entire story. Back when the caterpillar asks “Who are you?” she says “I don’t know”. Alice never introduces herself as Alice in the entire story. No one ever says her name. But the White Rabbit says that “Alice!” is the third witness.

Odd. Yes I know this is, sort of, her imagination, but it’s still odd.

So I would like to know: Is there any significance to the White Rabbit being the one to first say her name? What could the White Rabbit Represent here?

18
Nov
09

Who is Carroll?

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When I read the introduction to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I made assumptions about Lewis Carroll. I realized that you can not automatically assume things about people without doing more research. So I decided I would learn more about Lewis Carroll and share it with you.

Here’s what I found:

Lewis Carroll was born January 27, 1832, in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Carroll was the third child of a family of eleven children. At an early age, Carroll entertained himself and his family by writing poetry, and performing magic tricks.  At the age of seventeen, Carroll suffered a severe attack of whooping cough which left him with poor hearing in his right ear. In 1854 Carroll graduated from Christ Church College.  He was successful in his study of mathematics and writing.Carroll remained at the college after graduation to teach. Carroll was soon ordained as a deacon. Carroll began to take an interest in photography. He often chose children as the subject of his portraits. One of his favorite models was a young girl named Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean at Christ’s Church. Alice Liddell later became the basis for Carroll’s fictional character, Alice. Carroll began to focus more on his writing.

Carroll became very comfortable with children. What made him happiest was entertaining young girls. He once wrote, “I am fond of children (except boys)”. Carroll began to photograph children, first with their clothes on. In July1866 Carroll began to take nude photographs of the children, always with the permission of parents (like that makes it okay!). Carroll would write letters to children all over the world. He usually included poems, riddles, and hidden messages in the letters. For many years, Carroll continued to photograph young girls.  Carroll was careful and made sure the photographs were destroyed before he died in 1898 of Pneumonia.

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If you could, please answer the following questions..

  • What was your first impression of Lewis Carroll?
  • Did your impression change after reading this and learning about him?
  • Did you get a better or worse impression of him?

Sources:

http://www.tabula-rasa.info/DarkAges/LewisCarroll.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll

31
Oct
09

What Was Alice Thinking?

I don’t have very much previous knowledge about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When Mr. Long told our class about this project, I took it as an opportunity to learn more about a story that always seemed complicated to me

As I was reading chapter one, there were a few things that really stood out to me. The thing I questioned the most was the character of Alice. I don’t know Alice’s exact age, but to me she seems very immature. Alice handles these strange situations differently than most people I know would. When Alice saw the rabbit, it seems as though she wasn’t too shocked by what she had just seen. If I had seen the rabbit I probably would have run to my mom. I can not help but to wonder why she seems so curious.

It probably depends on Alice’s age. She may have had a very curious stage.

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.

I keep thinking about the character of Alice. She is a deep and confusing character.

With that in mind, I have a question for the class:

Do you think that Alice’s characteristics, such as her curiosity, will play a big role in what happens in the story?

As I continue to read the story, I will play around with this question. Alice’s constant curiosity forces me to wonder about the rest of the story.

30
Oct
09

Where Would We Be…

*Note to Mr. Long and other visitors to our project:

This post will intentionally not count towards my minimum requirement of blogs for the entire project. It’s just for fun and letting of emotion.

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I have a question for my fellow classmates:

Do you honestly think we could be analyzing Alice’s adventures without first deciphering Lord of the Flies?

Yes, we were intelligent before tenth grade English (if I may toot our horns), but do you all think that Lord of the Flies helped substantially towards our ability to really understand what Carroll wrote?

Why or why not?