Magical Madness

16 11 2009

Seeing as we just had our first our first in-class essay on Alice, I think that it would be appropriate to blog about it.

The prompt  was to chose one of the morals that the Duchess had mentioned and “use it to make an argument about the meaning of Alice’s entire journey through Wonderland.”

Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was pretty confused as to how we were supposed to take a random moral that the Duchess brought up and apply it to the ENTIRE journey through Wonderland. But eventually I chose a quote that I felt I could at least do ok with, and ran with it.

“Birds of a feather flock together” is an old and over-used phrase speaking about how people and creatures that are alike tend to hang together. Well quite honestly I had absolutely NO clue as to how this applied to the story at all, so I let my mind wander instead of picking out quotes. Which, sadly, brought me right back to English because the quote was bugging me.

The characters in Wonderland are all quite mad, as the Cheshire Cat says “We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.” They’re all mad. ALL of them. I have yet to find one sane person in this book, so what does that say about the moral that the Duchess brought up? Well, I’m not sure about the other ones, but this particular moral has some merit in that it links with the story. They are, quite literally in some cases, ‘birds of a feather”. It’s interesting, really, that Alice would fall into a world where everyone is mad. If everyone there is mad, then does that make her mad as well? I would think so, seeing as she has absolutely no problem with having tea with a Hatter, Hare, and a Doormouse. In fact, she has problems with their manners, not at all with the fact that she thinks that animals should have manners in the first place.

As the Cheshire Cat most wisely put it, “You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.” certainly it seems that nothing can exist in Wonderland with out being mad, or heading in that direction rather quickly.


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26 11 2009
Lindsay R.

Oh yeah! I forgot about that essay… I wonder if we’ll ever get it back…

There would have been a Zero Percent chance that I would have chosen that moral. I had no idea what it meant, but you cleared it up. “Creatures that are alike tend to hang together.” That makes sense, but no one in Wonderland is alike. Maybe that’s what they have in common- they’re all unique. It’s paradoxical, but it makes more sense than the book. Maybe Alice isn’t mad. Maybe that’s what sets her apart and gives her power over her dream. There has to be one sane person to look over the madness that is Wonderland. Good job on that moral, it was pretty unrelated to the book.

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