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A Hundred Different Roads and No Destination

Posted in Chapter 6, Gabriella B.'s Entries on November 10, 2009 by G.A. Buba

I find Alice’s conversations with the Cheshire-Cat to be endlessly interesting. I was particularly intrigued by Alice’s crash course in specific questions. She merely wishes to get somewhere. As many of us realize there is Something everywhere. The line,

“‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.'”

begs notice, it screams to be seen and like any child who sees a shiny object I feel I must investigate. On a very basic level it is true. The only problem is most people have a specific destination in mind. Alice, who lost in Wonderland, has no destination falls prey to this lovely lie through omission. It is interesting that when lost in a magical land Alice’s first instinct is to wander; to get, as she says ‘somewhere’.

One point to make is that in the act of wandering Alice is only traveling deeper and becoming more lost in wonderland. What happened to the age old adage, if you don’t know where you are, don’t leave the place you’re at? It seems so simple, doesn’t it? But how many of us who have actually been lost follow this advice? I personally have never ‘not wandered’ when I become lost. At first it is merely an,
“Oh, I know how to get back the path was just past that clump of trees…”
but then of course it wasn’t that clump of trees it was that pile of rocks… and so on and so forth until you are so turned about, and confused that when you finally stumble upon the path by chance you barely know which direction to walk in. will this fate befall Alice, for originally her destination was a garden but as time goes on her objectives become more and more vague, until she only wants to see or do some thing different; to change size or location or company.

So in truth for Alice it matter’s not which way she goes for she has no objective toward which she wishes to move towards. I feel that Alice only questions the Cheshire-Cat out of ingrained habit. As children we assume that if we are unsure or befuddled someone older, bigger, or more experienced obviously knows better than us and will tell us what we aught to do. And this assumption is generally correct in the real world, however in wonderland, where each person seems to follow a path unto themselves. It must seem strange to wonderland-folk that Alice would ask which ‘way to go’ if she knows not where she wants to get, nor what she wants to do.

If questions with the Cheshire-Cat intrest you you may find part 1 of this blog Sanity is Relative a worthwhile read.

Those Old Hags

Posted in Beth A.'s Entries, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 on November 10, 2009 by Elizabeth A.

In Chapter 6, we finally meet the Duchess that we have read about. We meet her and she is the ugliest thing imaginable, according the context and Tenniel’s illustration. Tenniel is said to have somewhat copied from Quentin Matsys’ painting, which is regarded as the portrait of duchess Margaret of Carinthia and Tyrol. Then, in Chapter 8, we meet the Queen of Hearts, and she isn’t (at least in Tenniel’s illustration) the most attractive woman ever, though more attractive than the duchess.

So far, I have noticed that all the “older” women have been very unattractive. Carroll may have told Tenniel to draw the women a certain way-to make them look old and ugly. Alice, on the other hand, looks older than only 7 (we are told that she is 7 in an annotation in Chapter 7). So, did Tenniel have no creative direction from Carroll? Or did Carroll tell Tenniel specifically to make the older woman just dreadful looking? Yes, we know that Carroll had an obsession with Alice, so did this contribute and spew over in the illustrations?

Warning: This Post Will Give You a Major Headache

Posted in Chapter 6, Deron M.'s Entries, Philosophy / Big Picture on November 8, 2009 by Deron Molen

This post has been greatly influenced by Rivu D.’s post “It Could Be Real”.

What is real? Many philosophers have tried to grasp this concept over the years. We see, we feel, and we hear everything everyday. How do we know that what we experience is real? There isn’t a giant neon sign that comes with everything telling us whether or not it is genuine.

What makes something real? Is it the fact we can feel it, taste it, or see it? We can do all of those things in our dreams but they’re not real, or are they? Our brains run on electric impulses from nerves throughout the body. When we are awake and asleep, our nerves and brain still function. This leads me to the question of when are we dreaming? Is it when we lay ourselves in our bed at night and count sheep or is it when we go about our business every day?

Alice experiences two worlds in the story: the “real” world and a fantasy dreamland known as Wonderland. The real world is influenced by logic and physics. Wonderland is different. Those concepts that we take for granted do not apply there. For example you have babies turning into pigs and cats that can grin from ear to ear. You can grow (or shrink) to any size at anytime. Wonderland is a world where the practical is illogical and the impossible is possible.

 My question to you is this:

Which world is real?

P.S.

If you survived to this point, you deserve a pat on the back and a large bottle of Tylenol. If you are one of the few who got to this point without even a headache, you’re just as mad as everyone in Wonderland.